Lithuania's Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte announced her decision on Wednesday to end her professional swimmer's career, citing personal reasons and the wish to focus on education.
Rūta Meilutytė. Plaukimo karjeros akimirkos
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"I am ready to start a new stage in my life. Thank you everyone who supported me on this path and not only," Meilutyte said in a statement.

"I have given all of myself to swimming so far. This sport has been my whole life since early teens. Due to intense training schedule I postponed my education I want to focus on now. I want to experience simple things, grow, understand myself better and understand the world around me," the swimmer said.

At the age of 15, Meilutyte won a gold medal at the London Olympics. She has won 18 medals, 12 golden and six silver, at world and European championships.

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