Getty Images

Daniel Gyurta, Olympic breaststroke champion, retires

Leave a comment

Daniel Gyurta, the 2012 Olympic 200m breaststroke champion, has retired, according to his social media and Hungarian media.

“Making the most difficult decision of my life, I am saying goodbye to competitive swimming,” was posted on Gyurta’s Facebook along with a photo the swimmer holding an array of medals. “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!”

Gyurta splashed onto the scene as a 15-year-old at the 2004 Olympics, surging from seventh place after the first 50 meters to take silver in the 200m breast between rivals Kosuke Kitajima and Brendan Hansen. He was the youngest male Olympic swimming medalist since 1932.

After a disappointing fifth-place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, Gyurta overtook Kitajima in the London 2012 final and broke Australian Christian Sprenger‘s world record. Gyurta’s record was broken by Japanese Akihiro Yamaguchi a month later.

Gyurta finished his career with 17th-place finishes at the Rio Olympics and the 2017 World Championships at his home of Budapest.

Gyurta also won three straight 200m breast world titles in 2009, 2011 and 2013 and European titles in 2010 and 2012.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Rio Olympic breaststroke gold medalist retires

WATCH LIVE: London Marathon

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Watch the world’s best distance runners chase world records at the London Marathon, live on NBCSN and commercial free on the NBC Sports Gold “Track and Field Pass” for subscribers on Sunday at 3:30 a.m. ET.

NBCSN coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

WATCH LIVE: London Marathon
NBCSN coverage — STREAM LINK
NBC Sports Gold commercial free — STREAM LINK

Sunday’s race start times (ET)
3:55 – Elite Wheelchair Races
4:00 – World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup ambulant races
4:15 – Elite Women’s Race
5:00 – Elite Men’s Race, Mass Race

The men’s field features arguably the two greatest distance runners of all time — Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele.

Kipchoge, the Rio Olympic marathon champ, ran the fastest marathon ever recorded — 2:00:25 in Nike’s sub-two-hour attempt last May in non-record-eligible conditions.

Bekele is the second-fastest marathoner in history under legal conditions, having run six seconds shy of Kenyan Dennis Kimetto‘s world record of 2:02:57 from 2014.

In the women’s race, Kenyan Mary Keitany, already the world-record holder in a women’s-only race, looks to take down Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s world record with male pacers set in London 15 years ago. That time is 2:15:25.

Keitany is challenged by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, the third-fastest female marathoner in history behind Keitany and Radcliffe.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Shalane Flanagan looks to future after last Boston Marathon

Teddy Riner, dominant judoka, to skip 2018, 2019 Worlds

Getty Images
Leave a comment

French judoka Teddy Riner, arguably the world’s most dominant athlete, will reportedly skip the next two world championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

French coach Franck Chambily said Riner will compete a light international schedule the next two years ahead of what would be his fourth Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.

Riner, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch native of Guadeloupe, is undefeated since 2010 with a reported 144-match winning streak. That includes Olympic titles in 2012 and 2016 and world titles in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Before the streak, Riner also earned world titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010, plus an Olympic bronze at age 19 in 2008.

He could compete through the 2024 Paris Games.

“When I am invincible, I will stop,” Riner said in 2013, according to The Associated Press.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with U.S. government