Thursday, August 14, 2008

No Medals For Pieter van den Hoogenband : Quits Swimming

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Pieter van den Hoogenband RetiresTwo-time 100 metres freestyle Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband retired from international swimming on Thursday after failing in his quest to win a third straight 100 freestyle gold medal.

The 30-year-old Dutchman said it was time to hang up his goggles after he finished a credible fifth in the final behind Frenchman Alain Bernard, conceding defeat to a younger generation of sprinters vying.

"That was my last race," he said. "It's a new generation and now it's time to step aside."

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