European bronze medallist Barry Murphy retires from elite swimming at 29
Ireland's Barry Murphy will not be swimming at the Rio Olympics in 2016 after confirming his retirement this morning.
The 29-year-old Dublin described the decision as "arduous" but he felt it was the right time to move on from international swimming.
His decision comes less than a year after his best moment in the pool when he won a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Denmark in December last year.
In a statement released this morning, he said: “After much deliberation and an extensive time to reflect, I am happy to announce my retirement from International level swimming. It has been an arduous decision but at 29 years of age, I feel it is the right time.
Thanks to everyone for the initial well wishes. I am happy to announce my retirement from International competition. http://t.co/24qZtLKPDj— Barry Murphy (@Barry_J_Murphy) November 4, 2014
“To represent the country I love, in a sport I have loved since I was eight years old fills me with an incredible amount of pride. When I set out on this path as a young sports fanatic, I could only have dreamed of having the career I was able to have, achieving the accolades I was able to achieve and embracing the opportunities I was able to pursue.
“Having competed at the Olympic Games in 2012, won a European Bronze medal and World Cup Bronze medal in 2013 and broken numerous Irish national swimming records I feel that it is time to move my attention to something new and hang up the speedos and goggles.”
Swim Ireland's National Performance Director Peter Banks reacted by saying: “I want to congratulate Barry on a great career having represented Ireland at every level of the sport. Barry has shown great commitment and dedication and has been a great ambassador for future athletes in our sport.
"I wish him well and hope he stays involved with Swim Ireland and our sport at some level.”