24 Jan '11, 4am

Diving: Chinese star Guo retires

Diving: Chinese star Guo retires

BEIJING: Chinese diving queen Guo Jingjing has called it quits after a stellar career that included four Olympic gold medals and multiple world championship titles, the national team leader has announced. Guo -- arguably the country's most famous female athlete, also known for her good looks and long romance with the son of Hong Kong's Olympic Committee president -- has submitted her application for retirement, state media said. "She made it clear that she would not train and compete, so she will not appear in the London Olympic Games," the team leader, Zhou Jihong, was quoted as saying at the weekend, in comments published Monday by the China Daily. "She is out of the national team. We respect her decision." The 29-year-old Guo has won six Olympic medals -- four of them gold -- at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. At the world championships, she posted five consecutive vic...

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