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Athletics champion Klüft ends career

Athletics champion Klüft ends career

Published: 26 Aug 2012 10:11 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Aug 2012 10:11 GMT+02:00

Former Olympic and world heptathlon champion Carolina Klüft brought her career to an end on Saturday, claiming her body can no longer take the strain.

The 29-year-old Swede became an Olympic gold medallist in Athens in 2004, and world champion in 2003, 2005 and 2007, but she had already intended to throw in the towel after injury prevented her from taking part in the London Olympics.

"My body is tired and it makes me sad that this is the end," said Klüft, whose last event was the 400m hurdles at the Swedish national championships on Saturday.

Her first major title was at the 2002 European championships in Munich, and her ten-year long athletics career has taken its toll on her body, with recurring stress fractures.

After the hurdles race, in which Klüft finished fourth, she confirmed to national broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR) that the decision to quit had not been easy.

“It’s really hard, it’s sad. I’m staying strong now, but there’ll probably be some tears behind the bleachers afterwards. It feels sad,” said Klüft to SR.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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14:17 August 26, 2012 by Hisingen
The amount of effort an athlete has to put into their career takes its toll, and the human body can only take so much. Carro has given Sweden many a happy moment when she has crossed the line first, and the lass has definitely given of her best all along the line. I read the other day how, as a result of retiring from the athletics scene, she will be able to lead a more normal life. For that, I for one wish her well. She deserves it, as do all of those who reach the time when their bodies no longer can match the 'journalists' requirements' of medal upon medal.

Thank you Carro, for what you have done for your country. Now enjoy a well-earned retirement from athletics, and may you find other outlets for you energy.
21:57 August 26, 2012 by Cephalectomy
she is very smart, she knows about her injury since some time and started to try to appear everywhere and find another thing she can do after quitting,. she is always with the swedish un and on milk packages and even in maxi ica ads.
06:21 August 27, 2012 by Scott McCoy
well,boohoo.29 and shes done.

she can star now in swedish big brother.
09:05 August 28, 2012 by sports_fan_123
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