Japans Takeshi Matsuda Announces Retirement

Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda announced his retirement Monday at a news conference in Tokyo. Matsuda swam in four Olympic Games, swimming in at least one final in Athens, Beijing, London and Rio, and he ends his career with four Olympic medals and three from the World Championships.

“I have no regrets,” Matsuda said, according to the Japan Times. “I came up short with regards to winning a gold medal at the Olympics, but I cherish every single one of the four Olympic medals I won and they represent who I am.”

Matsuda made his first Olympic final as a 20-year-old in Athens, where he finished eighth in the 400 free. But the 200 fly quickly became Matsuda’s best event, and he earned a silver medal in that event at the World Championships a year later.

In Beijing, Matsuda became just the third man to ever crack the 1:53-barrier in the 200 fly as he earned a bronze medal behind Michael Phelps and Laszlo Cseh. Matsuda picked up another bronze in the event at the 2009 World Championships and then a silver in 2011 (Phelps won gold in both), and then he finished third in an extremely tight 200 fly final at the 2012 Olympics where Chad le Clos won gold.

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