Olympic champion Mark Hunter announced his retirement at the regatta on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Leander Club athlete said it was the ?perfect time and place?.
Hunter won a silver medal at the London Olympics in the lightweight men?s double sculls with Zac Purchase to go with his gold medal won in Beijing in 2008.
He said: ?It?s tough to officially end my rowing career but I know I?ve gone as far as I can and now it?s time to hang up my oars and look at new adventures.
?I really want to thank friends, coaches and sponsors who helped me capture my dream, but especially my family.
?The journey through all the celebrations and struggles wouldn?t have been possible without the support of my parents, brother, and extended family.
?With the Henley Royal Regatta starting today, it seems like the perfect time and place to announce my retirement.
?It is the pinnacle of the British rowing calendar, taking place in Henley where I developed my skills and excelled with my club Leander.?
Hunter and Purchase began racing together in 2007 and also won gold at the 2010 and 2011 world championships.
Hunter was made an MBE in 2009 and was named Olympic Athlete of the Year for rowing in 2011 by the British Olympic Association.