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Rogan May Race For Last Time This Weekend

Oct 23, 2008  - Craig Lord


The Berner Sprintnacht this Saturday could mark the swansong of Austrian backstroke ace Markus Rogan: the 26-year-old told reporterMichael Schenk of the Berner Zeitung today that he will never race a 200m backstroke again and may decide to quit altogether after this weekend.

Rogan will race the 50m backstroke at the meet that boasts a light show and two DJs. If he decides that Rome 2009 is a stroke too far, he will retire as 2004 Olympic silver medal winner in the 200m, world short-course champion and record holder of 2008 in the eight-lap race. 

In Berne he will take on local hope Flori Lang and Germany's Helge Meeuw, the 2006 European champion.