21 Dec 2013

Nathan Cohen retires from rowing

12:12 pm on 21 December 2013

Olympic rowing champion Nathan Cohen has announced his retirement from international rowing.

This year Cohen suffered a heart condition and took a three-month break from the sport following the World Championships.

The 27-year-old, who won gold in London in the men's double sculls, says the break gave him time to consider his options and he feels he has achieved everything that he wanted to in the sport.

Cohen is to take up a career in banking.

Cohen first took up the sport as a 13-year-old in Invercargil in 1999 and in his final year at school he won the Boys Under-18 Single Scull at the 2003 New Zealand Secondary School Rowing Championships.

Cohen first competed at the elite level in 2007.

He is a two-time world champion.