Diving: Five-time Olympic champion Chen Ruolin, 23, forced to retire with neck injury

China's Chen Ruolin (right) and Liu Huixia posing with their medals after they won the  Women's Synchronised 10m Platform Final in Rio de Janeiro, on Aug 9, 2016.
China's Chen Ruolin (right) and Liu Huixia posing with their medals after they won the Women's Synchronised 10m Platform Final in Rio de Janeiro, on Aug 9, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's five-time Olympic diving champion Chen Ruolin has been forced to retire at the age of 23 due to a problematic neck injury, the country's diving team manager Zhou Jihong has said.

Chen, who also claimed six world championship titles, won the 10m individual and synchronised events at the Beijing and London Olympics before adding a final synchronised gold with partner Liu Huixia at Rio this year.

"She has a neck injury which may cause some problems if she continues with her career," Zhou was quoted as saying by South China Morning Post.

"Chen had great courage to get past the Rio Games but now she has virtually retired. She could still have a lot more to offer due to her age, skills and experience in the sport."

Chen, along with diver Wu Minxia and gymnast Zhou Kai, holds the record for most Olympic golds by a Chinese athlete.