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NZ triple Olympian swimmer Snyders retires

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5 days ago

Triple Olympian and multiple New Zealand record-holder Glenn Snyders says the time is right to retire from swimming.

Snyders has decided a decade of non-stop international racing is enough, two months after the Rio Olympics.

He was married last month in Los Angeles, where he plans to settle with wife Jenna.

The 29-year-old reached the semi-finals of the 100m breaststroke in Rio, where he become the fourth Kiwi swimmer to compete at three Games.

The others are Dean Kent, Helen Norfolk and Lauren Boyle.

South African-born Snyders departs holding the national records in all men's breaststroke events, both short course and long course. He is the only Kiwi to go under one minute in the 100m distance, at both the 2011 world championships and 2012 London Olympics.

His lone Commonwealth Games was a 50m silver at Delhi in 2010.

Formerly based in Auckland, Snyders moved to Los Angeles after London to train under renowned US coach Dave Salo.

He plans to continue living there and is yet to determine a future career path but suspects swimming will be part of it.

"To have been able to compete at the highest level in my sport for 12 consecutive years has been nothing but an adventure and life-learning experience," Snyders said.

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