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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - French double Olympic champion Yannick Agnel said he would retire after Rio 2016 having failed to reach Sunday‘s 200-metre freestyle final, French media reported.

"This is my last international competition," the Agnel was quoted by the Indian Express as telling French reporters after a 19th-place finish in the heats saw him eliminated by three spots.

"If I continue four years like the past four years, you will find me between four planks."

Agnel is only 24 but has struggled for form since winning the 200m and 4x100m relay golds in London and the 2013 200m world championship.

Illness ruled him out of the 2015 worlds in Kazan and he only qualified for the 200m in Rio after team-mate Jordan Pothain moved to the 400m.

"I am disappointed, very disappointed," Agnel said. "But I gave everything, I really did my maximum today. I did everything I could."

Agnel‘s last race is therefore likely to be in the 4x200m freestyle relay on Tuesday, in which France are expected to reach the final though fall short of the medals.

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