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Zandberg calls time on swimming career

Former backstroke swimming world champion, Gerhard Zandberg announced via social network Twitter on Wednesday that his career had come to an end.

Thirty-year-old Zandberg has been in the news lately after being found guilty by Swimming South Africa (SSA) for breaking team rules during the FINA World Championships in Barcelona in August.

He was slapped with a R50 000 cash fine and a year’s community service after switching rooms without SSA’s consent. He promptly appealed the decision, reports Sport 24.

According to the Beeld website, Zandberg has not indicated whether the appeal was successful but did state that it had an influence on his decision to retire.

“Today…my swimming career has come to an end,” tweeted Zandberg on Wednesday.

Zandberg was the 2007 world champion in the 50-metre backstroke and also won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne as part of South Africa’s 4×100-freestyle relay team.

He also took part in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

Swimming South Africa is one of the nominations in the category “Federation of the Year” at next month’s SA Sports Awards.


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