Michael Jamieson reveals depression fight on announcing retirement from swimming


London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson has announced his retirement from swimming.

The 28-year-old Scot broke his own British record to finish second in the 200m breaststroke in 2012 but struggled with form thereafter.

Revealing the news via the Sunday Times, Jamieson talks of a brutal training regime that led to depression.

“There were weeks I couldn’t go out,” he said. “I was living on a diet of anti-depressants and sleeping pills.”

He added: “I just kind of sat down and started asking questions, like ‘What am I doing here? All I have to show for 20 years of work is a medal. What does that mean?’.

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