Canoeing: Olympic champion Tim Baillie announces retirement

Last Updated: 24/01/14 6:14am

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Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott pose with their Olympic gold medals

Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott pose with their Olympic gold medals

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History-making British Olympian Tim Baillie has decided to retire from canoeing.

Baillie won a first gold medal for Team GB in canoe slalom with C2 partner Etienne Stott at the London Games.

The pair enjoyed one of sport's longest running partnerships, spanning nine seasons, with gold in 2012 the pinnacle.

Baillie said: "Retiring has been a difficult decision which I've agonised over for a long time.

"I still love canoeing but I've realised that I no longer have the underlying desire required to commit all of my time to the singular pursuit of canoe slalom excellence.

"Looking back, the London Olympic cycle took a lot of energy, particularly fighting back from so many setbacks and I think that burned through my passion for the sport."

The 34-year-old from Aberdeen continued: "Whilst my decision to retire is tinged with sadness I feel Etienne and I have both had an incredible journey to look back on and a lot of exciting things to look forward to, so overall I'm feeling positive.

"I'd like to thank him for all the adventures; it's truly a testament to our friendship that it's survived nine years of being strapped into the same canoe."

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