BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Three-time Olympic gold medalist Drew Ginn will retire from rowing to take up a national head coaching position in the sport in Australia.

The 38-year-old first competed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, winning gold with Australia's so-called "Oarsome Foursome."

The five-time world champion made two comebacks from back surgery and teamed with James Tomkins to win the pairs gold at Athens in 2004. He successfully defended that gold medal with Duncan Free in Beijing in 2008.

In London in August, Ginn's attempt to win four gold medals from four games ended when his men's four crew finished half a length behind Britain in the final. Ginn earned his first Olympic silver.