Belgian Swimmer Timmers Rules Out Going To Tokyo And Announces Retirement


BRUSSELS (AP) – Swimmer Pieter Timmers, who won the silver medal in the men’s 100m freestyle at the 2016 Olympics, announced that he will end his career at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old Belgian originally planned to compete in the Tokyo Games, but the postponement of the event for a year due to the new coronavirus pandemic spoiled his claims.

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“The postponement of the Olympic Games frustrates my perfect plan, which had been laid out years ago beforehand: give everything once again at the Games and then start a new chapter,” Timmers said in a message released by the Flemish swimming federation.

“In other words, I will not participate in the postponed (Games) of Tokyo in 2021,” he added. “It is a shame, but I am happy with it because I want to make my own decisions and this is a well-analyzed decision.”

Timmers hopes to be able to compete in the European championship in August in case the joust is not canceled and intends to participate in the International Swimming League in the fall.

“My firing is therefore only planned in seven months,” he said. “And then it will be time to train and start a new chapter.”

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