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Olympian Waterfield retires from diving
Olympic medallist Pete Waterfield has called time on his diving career, following a string of injuries.
The 32-year-old became the first Briton in 44 years to win a diving medal when picking up silver in the 10m synchro at the 2004 Olympic Games.
London-born Waterfield partnered Tom Daley in the London 2012 Games, where the pair narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing fourth in front of their home crowd.
Waterfield has not competed since London due to injury, and took to Twitter on Friday to announce his retirement.
I would like to announce my retirement from diving, and say a massive thanks to every1 who supported me in my very successful career. Thanks— Peter Waterfield MSC (@PeterWaterfield) July 19, 2013
"It's the right time," Waterfield added on BBC Radio Solent. "I've got an ongoing shoulder injury that needs surgery. My body is struggling, I find it harder in the pool and when you are doing that you are not improving.
"Injuries, age and motivation are all factors. I always wanted to look back on a high and what greater high than the Olympic Games."
In a further statement issued by British Swimming, Waterfield said: "I always said that I would continue diving for as long as my body allowed me to and I'm so grateful to have had so many amazing years in the sport, doing what I love, but the time has come to hang up my trunks."