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Tom Dolan, Perhaps the Most Dominant 400 meter Medley Swimmer in History, Retires at 27 -- December 16, 2002 Tom Dolan at the USA Swimming Olympic Press Conference.

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 16. TOM Dolan, arguably the most dominant 400 meter medley male swimmer in the history of swimming, announced his retirement today.

Dolan, 27, said that concerns about his health forced the decision.

Dolan held the 400m IM record continuously from September 1994 to August 2002 -- longer than anyone else. He won gold medals in his event at both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, adding a silver in 2000 in the 200 IM. he also won the 400 IM at both the 1994 and 1998 World Championships. This double double is a feat only one other swimmer -- Hungary's Tamas Darnyi -- has matched.

SwimInfo will have a fuller report on Dolan's retirement shortly.