British Olympic Medalist Chris Walker-Hebborn Announces Retirement

Photo Courtesy: FINA Doha 2014

British Olympic silver medalist Chris Walker-Hebborn announced his retirement from swimming this week in a post on his official Twitter account.

Walker-Hebborn’s first significant international experience came in 2009, when he broke the British national record in the 200 backstroke during the semi-finals where he ultimately finishing 9th, just one spot out from the A final. He made his Olympic debut on his home turf in 2012, competing in the 100 and 200 backstroke, and would go on to win a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 4×100 medley relay along with Adam PeatyJames Guy, and Duncan Scott.

The 28-year-old also has five gold medals from the European Championships in 2014 and 2016, including an individual gold medal in the 100 backstroke from 2014. The two years leading up to Rio were arguably the strongest of his career, with Walker-Hebborn also earning a gold and world record in the 4×100 mixed medley relay at the 2015 World Championships and leaving the 2014 Commonwealth Games with two golds as well.

You can see the full Twitter post from the British Olympian below:

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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