GOLDEN OLYMPIAN MATTHEW MITCHAM RETIRES


Matthew Mitcham has announced his retirement

Australia’s Olympic golden boy Matthew Mitcham has announced his retirement from diving.

He told Channel Seven’s Sunrise that he won’t be competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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“I have achieved everything I hoped for, including the big three – Olympic gold in 2008, world No.1 in 2010, and Commonwealth gold in 2014 which could never have happened without all the help I’ve had along the way,” he said.

Matt competed at both the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, and his final dive at the 2008 Beijing Olympics remains the highest score for an individual dive in Olympic history.

He later wrote on Instagram: “It’s official: I have decided to finally retire after a looooooooong but very rewarding diving career.

“So much gratitude to my long suffering partner Lachlan, Chava, NSWIS, DA, family, friends and all you friends I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet!

“I remember the support I got when I came out before my Olympic debut in 2008 and it helped me to keep sharing my story just as candidly.

“So, it’s Peace Out to my diving career and a big Heeeeeeey to the rest of my media and entertainment and everything else career! Thank you to everyone for sharing in my [dirty word]… #journey  hahaha.”