Swiss swimmer Flavia Rigamonti, who was considered a medal contender, has failed to qualify for the final of the Olympics 800 metres crawl.
It marks the end of the career of the 27-year-old Ticinese, taking part in her third Olympic Games. Rigamonti herself had said she was looking for a medal in the event.
She had earlier also failed to qualify for the 400 metres, in which she set a new Swiss record of 4'09"29 in June.
Rigamonti, the golden girl of Swiss swimming for the past decade, has lived in the United States for several years. She has degrees in advertising and finance and a Masters in accountancy and will start a job with accountants KPMG in Dallas in September.
During her career she has won many medals over long distances, in the 800 and 1500 metres freestyle events.
They include gold at the European Championships in Helsinki (2000), in the 800 metres, and Eindhoven (2008), 1500 metres, and silver in the World Championships in Fukuoka (2001), Montreal (2007) and Melbourne (2007), all in the 1500 metres.
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