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After finishing third in the 200 backstroke tonight, defending Olympic champion in the 200 backstroke Tyler Clary announced his retirement.
In the post-race press conference, when asked whether he was going to retire, Clary replied: “Yeah, I don’t see a reason to continue. It’s been a great time as a professional swimmer. I’m looking forward to turning a page in the book of my life and starting a new chapter, you know, I’m going to get to do a lot of things that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.”
Clary has said in the past that he was planning on retiring at the close of the 2016 season, so this announcement does not come as much of a surprise.
In total, Clary won sixteen medals in major international competition, including three gold, eight silver, and five bronze.
“I couldn’t be happier to be sending Team USA off with two backstrokers that I have a lot of respect for, and I know they are going to represent Team USA well in Rio,” he said.