Margarita Mamun, the Olympic all-around rhythmic gymnastics champion, has retired at the age of 22.
The news comes after weeks of speculation that she has retired from being a rhythmic gymnast which she elaborated on in an interview with a Russian paper, Sport-Express.
Mamun talked about her life after the 2016 Olympics, her relationship with swimmer Alexander Sukhorukov, and what her future plans are.
She said she was merely in a hiatus due to back aches. It needed to be fully rehabilitated before she could go back to rhythmic gymnastics. She clarified that she’s still in the team and she did not go.
She further clarified that whether she would retire or not, depends on her health. The decision would be announced later if she would fully recover or not.
Mamun's coach, Irina Viner-Usmanova, tells Russia's state news agency Tass that Mamun "has finished and won't compete," adding that she "has completed her mission" in sports.
Born in Moscow to Russian and Bangladeshi parents, Mamun retires with seven world championship gold medals.
She took a sabbatical after beating fellow Russian Yana Kudryavtseva to Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro last year, but had suggested she'd return for next year's world championships.
Mamun was the latest in a long line of rhythmic gymnastics champions for Russia, which has won every available Olympic gold medal since 2000.