Markus Rogan Announces Plans to Retire After 2009 World Championships

ROME, Italy, July 21. MARKUS Rogan, who is a medal contender in the backstroke events at the 2008 Beijing Games, has stated that he intends to retire after the 2009 World Championships held in Rome, according to AFP.

"I know I'm not a frontrunner but I have a chance to win gold," Rogan told the national radio station Oe3 in an interview Sunday. "If I do everything 100 percent, if I'm lucky and the others aren't, I could win a gold medal."

Rogan is a two-time silver medalist in the Olympic Games with a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 and 200 backstrokes in Athens.

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