Swimming: French Olympic champ Muffat retires at 25 after tiff with coach

France's gold medalist Camille Muffat celebrating after winning the women's 400m freestyle swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 29, 2012. Olympic champion Camille Muffat has said that she is retiring from competitive swim
France's gold medalist Camille Muffat celebrating after winning the women's 400m freestyle swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 29, 2012. Olympic champion Camille Muffat has said that she is retiring from competitive swimming at 25 following a disagreement with her coach. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Olympic champion Camille Muffat has said that she is retiring from competitive swimming at 25 following a disagreement with her coach.

The Frenchwoman told L'Equipe newspaper on Saturday that she had made a "mature" decision to call an end to her career.

"I have taken a big decision to stop swimming," said Muffat, who won the 400 metres freestyle gold at the 2012 London Olympics, as well as the silver medal in the 200m free.

Muffat said she had had a disagreement with her coach Fabrice Pellerin and that that had led her to end her career, "It will stay between us like many other things, good or bad, But I mention that because that was what started things off," she said.

Muffat, however, did not rule out completely a return to swimming, citing the cases of Michael Phelps, Laure Manaudou and Ian Phelps, all Olympic champions who retired but later made comebacks.

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