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Legendary Rower Announces Retirement

Jüri Jaanson
Jüri Jaanson Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

Jüri Jaanson, the most successful rower in Estonian history, has announced his retirement from the sport at the unusually old age of 45.

Throughout the course of his career, the Tartu native has won five medals at Rowing World Championships, and participated in six Olympic games.

In 2004, at the age of 38, he won an Olympic silver medal in the single sculls event in Athens, and four years later went on to earn another silver in the double sculls in Beijing.

In 2007, the then 41-year-old became the oldest rower ever to win a World Cup event, taking first place in the double sculls in Amsterdam.

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