Commonwealth champion James Goddard has retired from swimming.
He's had his fair share of successes in a very competitive sport, after he represented England at the Commonwealth Games in 2002, where he won gold in the 200m backstroke, and also represented them in 2006 and 2010 also at the Commonwealth.
The peak of his career came in 2004 at the Athens Olympics, which was also was flooded with controversy. He was initially awarded third place in the 200m backstroke, after American winner Aaron Peirsol was disqualified for an alleged illegal turn.
However, the US team appealed and won, just 20 minutes after the original decision, meaning Goddard was demoted to fourth place and missed out on a medal place very controversially.
Goddard had felt that it was clear he retired at the right time, after his last competitive event was the British Championships in June, where he failed to qualify for the GB team for this summer's World Championships in Barcelona.
Goddard's last competitive event was the British Championships in June, where he failed to qualify for the GB team for this summer's World Championships in Barcelona.This, and the knowledge that the British Swimming Association announced they were scrapping their funding to Stockport's Intensive Training Centre following budget cuts.
These were most likely to be the determining factors in Goddard's decision to retire.
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