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Olympic medallist Cassandra Patten retires from swimming

7th October 2011

Olympic bronze medallist Cassandra Patten has announced her retirement from swimming due to an ongoing shoulder injury.

Patten, 24, who won the bronze medal in the 10km Open Water at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, also has two World Championship silver medals for the same discipline.

After some time at home I came to the tough decision to retire.

"I'll miss everything about swimming," said Patten. “I’m not retiring because I don’t love the sport anymore it is just because my body won’t let me.

“I have been carrying a shoulder injury for a number of months. I didn’t want to talk about it in the run up to the World Championships and did everything I possibly could to overcome it,” she said.

“I did everything I could but even after intensive physio and then a six-week break the pain was still there.  After some time at home I came to the tough decision to retire.”

Patten paid tribute to all the coaches she has swum for during her career; at Bodmin, Plymouth Leander and more recently Sean Kelly at the British Gas ITC in Stockport – who coached Patten to her Olympic and World medals - and Russ Barber at City of Sheffield.

“I have been lucky enough to swim at four great clubs during my career and have competed with and against some great swimmers such as Keri-Anne Payne and Rebecca Adlington and have been on the British Team with other great swimmers, like David Davies too.”

In addition to her international honours, Patten cited her career highlight as her first national title in 2004, after finishing in fourth place three times in a row, she took gold at the ASA National Age Group Championships in the last year she was eligible. Reaching the final of the 800m at the Beijing Olympic Games was a highlight too.

“I never thought I would retire before 2012, to compete at the trials was always my goal but I am now back home in Plymouth and will take some time out before doing some travelling and then hopefully next year I’ll go to University.”

Her contribution to Britain’s success on the world stage has been significant

Michael Scott, British Swimming National Performance Director said: “Cassie has had an outstanding career both in the pool and open water and she has been a great role model and ambassador for the sport.

“Her contribution to Britain’s success on the world stage has been significant and her personality and drive will be missed by all those involved with the national team.

“On behalf of everyone on the British Gas GBR Swimming Team we wish Cassie all the best for the future personally and professionally.”

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