Chambers calls time in the boat

Richard Chambers pictured during the final of the Lightweight Four in the London 2012 Olympics at Eton Dorney.
Richard Chambers pictured during the final of the Lightweight Four in the London 2012 Olympics at Eton Dorney.

Olympic silver medalist Richard Chambers has announced his retirement from rowing.

The Coleraine man is to take up a coaching role with Cambridge University Boat Club.

The two-time World champion won his silver medal, along with his brother Peter, in the lightweight men’s four at the 2012 Olympics in London.

At this summer’s Rio Games, Chambers and Fletcher missed out on a place in the final as they finished fourth in their semi-final.

“I have had a career in rowing which has been much greater than I could have ever dreamed. I never believed that I would make one Olympic Games never mind, three,” said Chambers.

“I have always been proud to represent my country as a lightweight at rowing, and I have enjoyed my career through all the ups and downs.

“I’m excited now to start my new position,” he added.

In his new position of assistant coach, Chambers will help prepare Cambridge for their annual race against Oxford.

The 31-year-old won his world titles in 2007 and 2010 in the lightweight men’s four.

He won European silvers in 2014 and 2015 in the lightweight men’s double scull, before taking world silver in 2015 with his 2016 Olympic partner Will Fletcher.