GB Olympic rowing champion Tom Ransley retires after Tokyo Games postponed

Tom Ransley has been part of Team GB for over 11 years (PA Images)
Tom Ransley has been part of Team GB for over 11 years (PA Images)
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Team GB's Olympic champion Tom Ransley has announced his retirement from international rowing. 

His decision came after the International Olympic Committee announced that the Tokyo 2020 Games were to be moved back a year due to coronavirus, and will now begin on July 23.

The 34 year-old won gold as part of the men's eight at the Rio 2016 Games and bronze at London 2012.

"My form had plateaued and the thought of trying to eke it out to 2021 wasn't a good thought. If you're not all guns firing, then you're probably not in the right place," he told Sky Sports.

"The postponement was the confirmation I needed to know that it was the correct decision."

Despite Tokyo 2020 being his third Games and an opportunity to defend his title he said 'it was never going to be his Games'. 

Ransley has an MBE, is a two-time World Champion and has a total of 23 international medals (PA Images)

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