Cape Town - Olympic superstar Cameron van der Burgh has announced he will retire from competitive swimming following the ongoing FINA World Swimming short course Championship in Hangzhou, China.
Van der Burgh's announcement came minutes after he won gold in the men's 100m breaststroke.
Van der Burgh previously hinted that he would retire after the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
However, the 30-year-old - who now resides in London - has decided to call time on his illustrious career.
The South African has an impressive swimming resume, with a gold and silver medal from the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics, respectively, as well as four Commonwealth Games gold medals, two silvers and three bronze medals.
Van der Burgh will swim his final race, starting with Saturday's heats for the men's 50m breaststroke in China.
Following his retirement announcement, social media went crazy with former Olympians, fellow swimmers and fans sending their well wishes.
Here's how social media reacted:
.@Cameronvdburgh retires from swimming on top after winning another world title taking his total to 5 gold, 1 Olympic Gold and 9 World Records! More than that he always stayed a true gentlemen and outstanding ambassador for South Africa and the sport of swimming. ????????????— Ryk Neethling (@RykNeethling) December 12, 2018
Thanks for all Cameron van der Burgh I’m feeling realized to have meet you brother! See you around! https://t.co/z3voqxD1SJ— Felipe Lima (@felipelimasw) December 12, 2018
Congratulations on an incredible career @Cameronvdburgh been a privilege to watch you grow and compete. Wishing you all that is good in your future endeavors— Roland Schoeman (@Rolandschoeman) December 12, 2018
South African star @Cameronvdburgh ???? has announced his retirement from swimming at the end of the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).— FINA (@fina1908) December 12, 2018
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? #100Breast WR holder
Thank you, Cameron, we will miss you! ?? pic.twitter.com/wozJGZZ4qh
Dear @Cameronvdburgh from the bottom of my heart... Thank You... for all the Sacrifices and Hardship you endured..and The wonderful moments raising the Team SA flag... Good luck with your future endeavours..This South African is Greatful and Proud of you ?????????????????— Issa Queen ???? Mak_G (@Da_MaK_G) December 12, 2018
Absolute legend, well done brother and all the best with the next adventure ?? @Cameronvdburgh— Calvyn Justus (@CalvynJustus) December 12, 2018
I can only thank Cameron,he made us proud,is a "Sport Ambassador" - I can only hope that he will assist to develop new talent and continue to make us as South Africans proud. https://t.co/Fhhj4Wl8DT— RSADepMinofSport (@GertCOosthuizen) December 12, 2018