Britain's double Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington has retired from competition to concentrate on grassroots coaching, the 23-year-old said.
– Rebecca Adlington
Would overtake every achievement of my career if I could get every child in Britain to swim.
I hate the word retire. I love swimming but as a competitive element and elite athlete I won't compete any more.
I'll always be swimming even when I am 90 years old.
Adlington, who currently holds the world record in the 800 metres freestyle, won two golds in Beijing in 2008 and two bronze medals at London 2012.
Adlington finished third behind 15-year-old American Katie Ledecky in the 800 metres freestyle at the London Games, also won World, European and Commonwealth Games gold medals.
Speaking to ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott, Rebecca said she will stay involved with swimming as she retires from competition.
She said; "swimming is my passion, it's been that since I was young. Since i was four years old, getting in the pool I just absolutely loved it. I want to stay involved with that in all levels."
The 18-times Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps led the tributes.
– Michael Phelps
Our paths have crossed many times over the years - at meets and through a shared sponsor.
Her accomplishments speak for themselves, she has been a great representative for British Swimming and the sport overall. I congratulate her on a fantastic career and wish her all the best in the future.
Her long term coach Bill Furniss also paid tribute to the swimmer:
Proud to have been Rebecca's coach the same qualities that made her the best ever will ensure success in everything she does
Her team mates from Team GB also wishes the swimming star luck:
@beckadlington All the best for your retirement Becks. You'll go down as an absolute legend in the pool. Good luck in the future love x
Happy Retirement! @beckadlington best wishes x