Hungarian Swimming Legend Dániel Gyurta Decides to End His Competitive Career
Hungarian Olympian, World- and European Champion swimmer Dániel Gyurta announced in a message posted to his Facebook channel that he is discontinuing his professional swimming career at the age of 28.
He began swimming at the age of four, and has achieved his biggest successes in 200m breaststroke. In 2004, he was only 15 years old when he won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. From 2009 he won three consecutive World Championship titles (Rome, Shanghai, Barcelona) and remained undefeated for 6 years. In 2012, he became Olympic champion, setting a new world record in London. After the race, he offered a replica of his Olympic medal to the parents of his former competitor Alexander Dale Oen in tribute to him, a gesture for which he recieved UNESCO’s fair play award. Last year’s World Aquatics Championships held in Budapest he finished 17th in 200m and 28th in 100m breaststroke. His fully statement can be read below:
Making the most difficult decision of my life, I am saying goodbye to competitive swimming. I am not a ‘give-up type of guy’, but I had to admit that it’s time to let it go. I am grateful to the whole nation for standing behind me and for the fact that I won everything a swimmer may dream of: I was undefeated for 6 years in the world. I will not show my back to the world of pools, Hungarian swimming can rely on me!
In August 2016, Gyurta was voted onto the International Olympic Committee [IOC] Athletes’ Commission by his fellow athletes across all sports.