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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pentathalete Says Sydney Was Bliss

Olympic modern pentathlon champion Dmitry Svatkovsky says he paid for his gold medal with his health.

"I have traded my health for the Olympic gold, but I don't have any regrets," the Russian was quoted as saying by Sovietsky Sport newspaper Monday.

Svatkovsky, 29, battled a number of serious injuries before the Olympics and ruptured his Achilles tendon last month while playing tennis.

"Before the Olympics me and my doctor decided to go for broke -- we killed the pain with (cortisone) shots and now I'm paying the price," he said.

"That's why my Achilles didn't hold up and ruptured.

"I would love to remain an active sportsman but I'm tired of walking on crutches. I don't enjoy my life anymore," he said.

"Right now my body is like a car: one piece breaks down and everything else falls apart, but still, I'm planning to compete for at least another year."

But Svatkovsky said of his gold-medal performance in Sydney: "It was the greatest day of my life."