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Olympic gold medallist cancelled health club membership after being told he was

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. You go to the pool to swim – not to have lifeguards telling you how to swimDavid Wilkie Mr Wilkie talking with swimming coach Bill DiazCredit:Tony Duffy/Getty Images Mr Wilkie talking with swimming coach Bill Diaz Mr Wilkie, who learned to swim in Sri Lanka, where he was born, first won an Olympic medal at the 1972 Games in Munich, where he picked up silver in the 200m breaststroke.Four years later, he took home gold in the same event, while also adding a silver to his tally for the 100m breaststroke. He is believed to be the only person to have held British, American, Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic swimming titles at the same time.After retiring from swimming, he remained active and started a health business and Pets’ Kitchen, which provides nutritional food for pets.  A Virgin Active spokesman said: “We take any complaints we receive from our members seriously. We spoke with Mr Wilkie in 2015 to resolve his complaint and we were sorry to see him leave our club.” The 62-year-old claims he was told he had “banged” into another person while doing front crawl in the fast lane of the 25m pool, which is near his home in Surrey, in 2015. He told the Daily Mail: “I was just swimming as normal in the pool, doing front crawl, and the lifeguard came up to me and said, ‘I think you banged into somebody’. I said, ‘it’s the fast lane you know, this is rubbish’.”Mr Wilkie blamed the incident on an “over-zealous” lifeguard and said he decided to talk to a more senior member of staff before cancelling his membership.Describing the situation as “ridiculous”, he added: “You go to the pool to swim  not to have lifeguards telling you how to swim.” An Olympic gold medallist claimed he cancelled his health club membership after being told he was swimming too fast.David Wilkie, who won gold at the 1976 Montreal games for the 200-metre breaststroke, said he was approached by a lifeguard at the Royal Berkshire Virgin Active club in Bracknell.last_img read more