Rowing: Olympic gold medallist Zac Purchase calls time on career

Last Updated: 03/02/14 10:22am

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Zac Purchase (right) and Mark Hunter celebrate gold in Beijing

Zac Purchase (right) and Mark Hunter celebrate gold in Beijing

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Olympic rowing gold medallist Zac Purchase has announced his retirement from the sport.

The 27-year-old from Tewkesbury won gold in the lightweight double sculls with Mark Hunter at the 2008 Games in Beijing and the pair took silver in London behind Danish duo Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist.

Purchase, who had earlier indicated he would attempt to reclaim his Olympic crown at Rio de Janeiro in 2016, followed Hunter into retirement after his partner called time on his career last summer.

Purchase said: "Since London I have spent time reflecting on those results and I felt it was the right time to step away from rowing to explore other opportunities.

Memorable

"I have been part of the GB Rowing team for nearly a decade and during that time have shared a tremendously successful period with some of the world's finest athletes.

"Winning the gold medal with Mark at the Beijing Games in 2008 is as memorable today as it was those six years ago.

"To then have the chance to compete on home water in London and to win silver in front of a rapturous home crowd was an honour and something I will never forget.

"Rowing has played a significant part in my life, and was how I met my wife. I wish the British team well in their build-up to the Rio Olympics and beyond.

"I plan to keep fit just in case a sporting challenge presents itself," added Purchase who also won two world titles with Hunter.

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