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Bobsledder Rohner calls it a day

Recent bad results have played a part in Rohner's decision

(Keystone)

The Swiss bobsledder Marcel Rohner has decided to retire from the sport at the age of 37. Along with Reto Götschi, Rohner has been one of the most successful Swiss sledders in recent history.

"It's time to step down," said the Olympic silver medallist on Friday. "At the age of 37 I have to look in a new direction."

The decision to retire after a decade in the sport was based in part on some disappointing results this season. After losing his brakeman, Beat Hefti, to Martin Annen at the end of last year, Rohner has been unable to live up to his former achievements.

Last month the four-man bob specialist missed out on his last opportunity to qualify for the European and world championships.

As well as the Olympic silver medal won in Nagano three years ago, Rohner clinched five Swiss Championships and five World Cup races - all in the four-man discipline. He said on Friday that he planned to remain involved in bobsleigh, be it as a trainer, adviser, manager or coach.

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