Jeanette Kwakye hangs up her spikes

World indoor silver medallist officially announces her retirement from the sport

Posted on January 15, 2014 by
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Jeanette Kwakye (Mark Shearman)

Sprinter Jeanette Kwakye has officially announced her retirement from athletics.

The 30-year-old had taken some time out from competitive action following the Achilles problem that dashed her London 2012 dreams and has now decided to hang up her spikes for good.

“It is with a little bit of sadness, but a huge amount of excitement, that I officially announce my retirement from athletics,” she said on her blog.

“I have been very lucky to have lived a charmed life so far by having a great career in something that I am so passionate about.”

Kwakye lists winning English Schools Under-15 100m gold in 1997 as one of her highs in a career which went on to see her claim world indoor 60m silver in Valencia in 2008 and reach the Olympic 100m final in Beijing later that year. Her 100m personal best of 11.14 came in that Olympic final and puts her fourth on the UK all-time list for the distance, while her time of 7.08 over 60m in Spain remains the national record.

When speaking to AW last summer, Kwakye said she was impressed with the current standard of British sprinting and now looks forward to following the sport as she plans her own possible future in journalism.

“I wish the next generation of female sprinters all the very best and I especially look forward to seeing them reach their full potential,” she said.

On her own future plans, she added: “I am hoping to use the skills that I have learnt by continuing my work with the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports. I am also exploring a new career in journalism.”

Kwakye’s retirement follows the news that discus thrower Abdul Buhari has also called time on his athletics career.

The Newham & Essex Beagle threw his personal best of 65.44m in 2011, which puts him at fourth on the UK all-time list.

“I have decided to retire from athletics as of today,” the London 2012 Olympian said in a statement on Sunday. “This has not been an easy decision however l feel it is the right one for me.

“This is the end of an era but the beginning of the next chapter, which I am very much looking forward to,” added the 31-year-old, who also competed at the World Championships in Daegu. “I will continue my involvement with athletics in some form in the future.”

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