Spain's Gemma Mengual to Retire From Synchronized Swimming Prior to London Olympics -- February 14, 2012

MADRID, Spain, February 14. IN a surprising turn of events, which should certainly provide Russia with an even stronger dominance within the sport of synchronized swimming, Spain's Gemma Mengual will announce her retirement from the sport on Wednesday according to various news sources including Reuters.

Mengual, 34, is one of the top synchronized swimmers of all time, having won nearly 40 international medals including a pair of silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the duet and team events. If not for Russia's dominance, led by the best synchronized swimmer of all time Natalia Ishchenko, Mengual's career resume would have been even stronger. She did win a world title in 2009 as part of the free routine combination, and had a slew of other silver medals behind Russia.

After her world title in 2009, she took a break from the sport to have her son, Nil. She, however, has decided that she can no longer compete at the same level and has elected to retire.

Full text of Reuters article.

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