Olympic Games - British diver wants to retire on a high

Sarah Barrow has revealed her plans to retire after the Rio 2016 Olympics and admits she faces her toughest test yet to match her efforts of last year up until then.

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Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow of Britain (Reuters)

he 24-year-old enjoyed one of the greatest years of her diving career to date in 2012, tasting success on the world and European stage and making her Olympic bow at the London Games.

Barrow's successes, all with Tonia Couch in the 10m synchro event, started at the FINA World Cup at the London Aquatics Centre in February where they claimed bronze.

They became the first British medallists at the Centre and went on to win Britain's first ever female 10m synchro World Series medal after taking bronze in Mexico in April.

The accolades kept falling at Barrow and Couch's feet as they became the first British females for 74 years to win European Championship gold in Eindhoven a month later.

A fifth-place finish at London 2012 rounded off an incredible year for both and, after admitting she has only four more years left in the sport, Barrow knows she faces a challenge to build on it.

"Competing at the Olympics, of course, was fantastic, especially a home Games, as was becoming European champions and winning a World Cup bronze in London with Ton," said Barrow.

"We've built up a reputation and set a standard for ourselves and I know we're going to have to work hard to keep to that level.

"My plan, if all goes well, is to retire after Rio; I'll be approaching 29 by that time and will have been diving for 17 of those years.

"I am confident about both mine and Ton's ability, but you never know. Four years is a long time and there are injuries and other divers out there who will want our number one spot.

"Ton and I are both fighters and know the hard work and sacrifice we've had to put in and make to get where we are.

"For example, over the festive break, the only days we had off were Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

"And although the ultimate aim is to make it to Rio with Team GB, I'm not looking any further forward than this year and the events I'll be competing in."

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