South African swimming great Cameron van der Burgh announced he would retire from competitive swimming after winning his fifth world championship gold medal in Hangzhou, China on Wednesday.
Van der Burgh would hang up his goggles after the 50m breaststroke at the World Short-Course Championships.
The 30-year-old could win his first 50-100m breaststroke double gold at the world championships to round off an incredible career spanning more than a decade.
“It is an amazing flashback to see a long way ago when I was a still young kid with a lot of dreams. It has been amazing to fulfil those dreams but today is the day I announce my retirement,” Van der Burgh said.
“I couldn’t be more happy with the outcome of my last race tonight. I have won the 100m breast gold medal here in Hangzhou tonight and I feel very blessed to be here in this room with my family and coach.”
The South African swimming legend boasts a laundry list of accolades including Olympic gold and silver from the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games
He is the current world short-course 50m and 100m breaststroke record holder while he also held the global marks over both distances in the 50-metre pool.
Van der Burgh announced himself on the international scene when he won the 50m breaststroke bronze medal at 2007 World Long-Course Championships in Melbourne.
“Thank you so much for every person that has been a part of my life and my swimming career,” Van der Burgh said.
“Swimming has given me so much and has “springboarded” me to the next part of my future.”