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.
Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri swam the second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history, clocking 14:33.10 in his native Italy on Thursday.
Paltrinieri, 25, missed Chinese Sun Yang‘s world record from the 2012 Olympics by 2.08 seconds.
The Italian now owns the second- and third-fastest times in history, including his 14:34.10 from the 2016 European Championships, also held at the 2012 Olympic pool in London.
Paltrinieri is a versatile distance swimmer. At last year’s world championships, he finished sixth in the open-water 10km to qualify for the Olympics, then won the 800m free in the pool in a European record time and finished with 1500m bronze, just missing a third straight world title in that event.
German Florian Wellbrock won the 1500m in 14:36.54 at worlds, with Paltrinieri finishing 2.21 seconds back.
Sun, 28, was in February banned eight years stemming from destroying a drug-test sample with a hammer in September 2018. Sun, who focused more on the 200m and 400m frees in recent years, did not race the 1500m at the 2017 or 2019 Worlds.
Top-level swim meets in the U.S. are scheduled to resume in November with the Tyr Pro Series.
Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing “unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic” compromising her ability to prepare to defend her Grand Slam title.
“I have taken this step in order to focus on my match fitness and ensure that I return ready to play at my highest level,” Andreescu, a 20-year-old Canadian, posted on social media. “The US Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there. However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”
Andreescu’s absence means the U.S. Open, the first Grand Slam tournament since tennis resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, will be without both 2019 male and female singles champions.
Rafael Nadal previously announced he would not defend his title, saying he would rather not travel given the global situation. Roger Federer is also out after knee surgery. Women’s No. 1 Ash Barty didn’t enter, either, citing travel concerns.
Last year, Andreescu made her U.S. Open title run as the 15th seed, sweeping Serena Williams in the final. Ranked 208th a year earlier, she became the first player born in the 2000s to win a Slam and the first teen Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 U.S. Open.
Andreescu then missed the Australian Open in January due to rehab from a knee injury that forced her to retire during a match at the WTA Finals on Oct. 30. She also missed the French Open and Wimbledon in 2019 following a rotator cuff tear.