Ellie Faulkner retires from swimming

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Ellie Faulkner has announced her retirement from competitive swimming at the end of a year which saw crowned European champion.

Faulkner was part of the women's 4x200m freestyle relay team that won a gold medal at last month's European Championships in Glasgow.

She swam the first split in 1:59.25 which laid the foundation for her British team mates Kathryn Greenslade, Holly Hibbott and finally Freya Anderson to bring home the gold.

Earlier in the year, Faulkner returned from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as a triple bronze medallist in the 400m freestyle as well as the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays.

"After an amazing career, I have made the decision to retire from competitive swimming," the 25-year-old announced on Twitter.

"I can honestly say the sport has created many ups and downs but it has helped give me the drive and determination I have today and for the future.

"I am lucky to have travelled the world doing something I love. I have achieved so much more in swimming than I ever dreamed of, having competed in two Olympic Games, World Championships, becoming a Commonwealth medallist four times and then a European champion, I couldn't be prouder.

"I am now looking forward to the next chapter of my life and walk away with great pride and a love for the sport that will always remain."

Faulkner made her Commonwealth Games debut for England at Glasgow 2014, where she claimed her first international medal with a bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

She also represented Great Britain at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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