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Mansfield's Paralympic swimming champion Sam Hynd announces his retirement

Sam Hynd won gold in the S8 400m Freestyle at Beijing 2008 Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Mansfield's Paralympic champion Sam Hynd has announced his plans to retire from swimming.

Hynd won a gold and bronze at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and also picked up a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics.

His gold in the S8 400m Freestyle at Beijing 2008 saw him break the world record - which still stands today.

On his retirement, the 22 year-old said:

"I just felt it was time for a change and a new challenge in my life. I have been competing internationally for almost ten years and I knew I needed a new focus.

“I have loved swimming. It has been my life for so long and brought me so much. I have great friends and I have travelled the world and I have some memories that I will never forget.

“Winning gold in Beijing will be something that will stay with me forever."

Sam Hynd and Liz Johnson during the Team GB Olympic Parade in London Credit: Glenn Copus/Evening Standard/PA Wire

Hynd brothers' parents: "Race after race, they're achieving great things!"

The parents of ParalympicsGB swimmers Oliver and Sam Hynd have described the success of their children as "fantastic" and "unbelievable".

Earlier today (5 September), 17-year-old Oliver Hynd and his 21-year-old brother Sam finished in first and second place respectively in the Men's 200m Individual Medley SM8 heats, qualifying for tonight's final.

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