Team GB sprinter Anyika Onuora retires from athletics

Olympic bronze medallist Onuora has announced that she will be stepping down from athletics

Olympic medallist Onuora (second from left) is retiring

British Olympic bronze medallist Anyika Onuora has announced her retirement from athletics. The relay sprinter holds bronze medals from her Rio 2016 and 2015 World Championship 4×400 races, as well as a gold in the European 4×100 and 4×400, and is a three-time Commonwealth Games medallist.

Onuora, 35, first competed for Great Britain 18 years ago. She told BBC Sport that the decision was a tough one and that it was based on her mental rather than physical state.

“Physically, I can do any workout,” she said. “But mentally, I’m not where I want to be so I just want to move onto the next chapter of my life. Tokyo [for the 2020 Olympic Games] was always the plan, especially having a successful Rio Olympics, but unfortunately I wasn’t mentally there.”

She stated that one of her proudest achievements was being one of only a handful of British athletes to win the ‘complete set’ of an Olympic medal, a Commonwealth Games medal and a European Championship medal.

The decision to step away from athletics was no one she took lightly.

“There were a couple of tears,” she said. “But I’m walking away healthy – I didn’t have my career taken away from me. I’m forever grateful for all the people who allowed me to fulfil a big dream that a young black girl from Liverpool was able to achieve.”

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