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Popov confirms retirement

MOSCOW, FEB. 16. Russian swimming great Alexander Popov has confirmed his retirement, calling an end to a stellar career in which he won numerous world, Olympic and European titles.

"Yes, I've made a decision, it's time to go and pursue other things in life," Popov, considered by many one of the greatest swimmers of all time, told Reuters.

As a 20-year-old Popov won a historic 50 and 100 metres freestyle double at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics before repeating the feat at the Atlanta Games four years later. — Reuters

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