French swimming champ Lefert to retire

French Olympic swimming champion Clement Lefert is to retire from the sport to concentrate on his studies, the 24-year-old told Nice Matin daily in an interview published on Friday.

Lefert, who won the 4�100m freestyle relay to see off a US quartet which included Michael Phelps and added a silver medal in the 4x200 meters freestyle relay, wants to concentrate on finance studies.

"I really want to land a job which I like and not something chosen by default after my (swimming) career," said Lefert, who turns 25 on September 26.

He dubbed his Olympic achievements "the culmination of a sporting career" and it was time to move on, his medals meaning he can go out "on a high."

French Olympic swimming champion Clement Lefert, seen here in July 2012, is to retire from the sport to concentrate on his studies.

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