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Commonwealth champion Goddard announces retirement

ESPN staff
September 25, 2013
James Goddard won Commonwealth gold in 2010 © PA Photos

Double Commonwealth champion James Goddard will not defend his titles at the 2014 Games in Glasgow after announcing his retirement from swimming.

Goddard first won Commonwealth gold in the 200 metres backstroke in front of his home-town Manchester crowd in 2002, before regaining the title during the Delhi 2010 Commonwealths. He also won individual medley gold in 2010.

The 30-year-old calls time on a career spanning 12 years having represented Great Britain in three Olympic Games; Athens, Beijing and London 2012 where he finished seventh in the 200m individual medley.

"It's time to find something new in my life," Goddard said. "I've been a full-time international swimmer since I was 18, and after 12 years it's time for new experiences."

Goddard best Olympic finish came in 2004, albeit in controversial circumstances; the Brit was given third spot in the 200m backstroke following the disqualification of winner Aaron Peirsol.

However, Goddard was demoted back to fourth just 20 minutes later when the United States won their appeal against the decision on Peirsol.

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