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Gerhard Zandberg confirms retirement

Former World Swimming Champion Gerhard Zandberg has announced his retirement from the sport.

Cameron van der Bergh and Gerhard Zandberg at OR Tambo Airport after returning back from the FINA World Championships in Rome. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Former World Swimming Champion Gerhard Zandberg has confirmed that he has retired from the sport.

This comes after he was sanctioned at this year's World Championships for switching rooms without permission and a subsequent unsuccessful appeal hearing by Swimming South Africa.

The 30-year-old, in his first interview after a tweet last week which seemed to point towards him ending his career, told Sports Talk on Sunday that he had grown disillusioned with what transpired and had decided to move on with his life.

"I decided that there is going to be a point in my career where I have to decide if I'm willing to deal with this nonsense or not. I decided to call it a day, stop the swimming competitively and have a good life."

Zandberg said that he's unable to divulge the verdict of his appeal.

"Swimming SA requested that the verdict will stay confidential to protect the image of the sport and the federation."

Zandberg has a rich pedigree in swimming.

He won gold in the 50m backstroke at the 2007 World Championship in Australia, and took bronze in 2003, 2009 and 2011.

Zandberg placed 13th in this year's 50m backstroke in Barcelona.