DYLAN Fletcher has announced his decision to retire from Olympic competition.

Fletcher won gold with Stuart Bithell at Tokyo 2020 in the men’s 49er, living and training on Portland with new wife Charlotte Dobson.

It forces a major change to the British Sailing Team line-up as Rhos Hawes rejoins Chris Taylor for a shot at the Paris 2024 spot.

Hawes partnered with Fletcher at the start of the 2022 season.

Speaking to the British Sailing Team website, Fletcher said: “It’s been an incredible journey with the British Sailing Team.

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“After Tokyo I knew I had to give it another push for Paris but unfortunately it just was not meant to be this time.

“Best of luck to Rhos and the rest of the 49er squad.

“I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone that has been part of my campaign at the British Sailing Team.

“We are so lucky to have an amazing support team and Tokyo really was on another level. Time to sign out and pass the baton.”