THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 13. SINCE she hasn't competed internationally since the Athens Olympics in 2004, Dutch star Inge De Bruijn has – in essence – been retired for nearly three years. But, De Bruijn made her retirement official by telling the ANP, a news agency, that she was done with the sport in a competitive environment.
An eight-time Olympic medalist, De Bruijn won gold in the 50 freestyle in 2000 and 2004 and at the 2000 Games in Sydney added gold medals in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly. She won those same three events at the 2001 World Champs in Fukuoka, Japan. De Bruijn's world records in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly remain on the books.