Karen Legg has become the latest of Britain’s Athens Olympic team to call it a day, having announced that she will hang up her goggles after this weekend’s Dorset County Championships. During her elite career, Legg won two world titles as part of the 4x200m freestyle team and picked up 7 Commonwealth medals across two games.
The 26-year-old Ferndown swimer has been part of the national team for the past 7 years, and was the most successful British swimmer at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester where she won five medals, including one gold. Athens, though, was a disappointing Olympics by her own high standards, as she failed to get a swim in the relays.
“I took four months off after Athens, then decided to give it one more go to try to get to the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne next year,” she said.
“I’ve trained hard since the new year and done some good times and tried to enjoy it, but in my heart I knew it wasn’t like it used to be and that I didn’t have the drive I had years ago.
“If you are not happy doing what you are doing, you have to do something about it, and that’s the point I have reached.”