Athens medalist Morita to retire

Kyodo News

Tomomi Morita, who won bronze medals in the men’s 100-meter backstroke and the men’s 4×100-meter medley relay at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said Monday he will retire.

“I am unable to see what lies ahead for me anymore. I gave everything I could (during my career),” said Morita, who failed to reach the 100 backstroke final at the Beijing Games.

“The only regret I am left with is not being able to swim with Ko-chan (Kosuke Kitajima) in Beijing,” added Morita.

Sources close to the 24-year-old swimmer say he wants to take up a career in sports medicine.