OMAHA, Neb. -- Former Olympic champion Tyler Clary bid farewell at the U.S. swimming trials and announced he is retiring.
The veteran swimmer failed to qualify for Rio in any of his events, ending with his bid to defend the gold medal he won four years ago in London in the 200-meter backstroke.
Clary finished third in the final, with winner Ryan Murphy and runner-up Jacob Pebley making their first Olympic teams.
"That's it," Clary said, dripping wet after his race. "I don't see any reason to continue. It's really not a bad thing."
"[These] last four years has been pretty tough for a number of reasons," he said. "I'm really happy to have come into this meet and had what I would say is my best performance in the last quad. Sadly, that wasn't enough."
Clary plans to visit a go-kart track with his family for the second time before leaving Omaha.
"I'm looking forward to turning a page in the book of my life and starting a new chapter," he said. "I'm going to get to do a lot of things that I've been wanting to do for years now."