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Danny Talbot retires from athletics after his way back from an injury

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Danny Talbot the 2017 World Athletics Championship gold medalist on Monday announced his exit in athletics.
The 30 years old, Danny Talbot retires from athletics after having fought his way back from an injury that has prevented him from competing in the recent past saying it’s the right time for him to hang the boots.

“Ironically I am back healthy and fit now, but for me, it’s absolutely the right time to move on. It is nice to know it is my decision to finish and it has not been taken away or forced upon me. The last few years may not have been the best, but I can genuinely look back and be happy and say it’s been fun!” Said Talbot.

“In February this year I was stuck in Texas during the massive snowstorm and I was in my apartment limping around with an injury and that was a really miserable time with me being injured for six to eight weeks. But it made me sure I would not finish in that way as I love the sport and did not want to part on bad terms.

After Danny Talbot retires from athletics he said “Athletics has shaped me as a person, I have been able to travel the world and compete in major championships and I have so much fondness and positive memories from the sport, I’m nothing but grateful for what it has given me.”

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The sprinter won two European Bronze medals over his preferred 200m distance in 2012 and 2016 as well as European Under 23 Silver and Gold in 2013.

He also has positive memories of other events including his first-ever GB & NI senior vest at the Glasgow Indoors in 2011, competing at the Rio Olympic Games where he narrowly missed out on a spot in the 200m final, and the progress made as part of the wider relay program:

“Thinking back, it was an amazing time from that relay at the World Championships in Beijing in 2015 where it all fell apart, building back up together, growing closer as a team, and getting it right.

“I genuinely remember us knowing as far back as February in 2017 that we would win gold that year at London 2017. We felt so confident in each other and when we did win, I didn’t feel relief, just pure joy as that’s exactly what we knew we could do.

“Because of this, I’m determined to give back to the sport and it’s my aim to stay involved. I did my coaching qualification last year and I’m looking forward to seeing what direction I’ll go in.”

Of course in retirement, there are benefits, Talbot admits to looking forward to certain freedoms that life as a full-time athlete hasn’t previously afforded him:

“I gave up golf at 15 and I loved it, I’m looking forward to taking that up again and had my first lesson in 15 years not long ago. It’s nice to be able to do something relatively normal that you avoid as an athlete like playing 5-a-side with a group of mates!

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“I also took a holiday at a ‘regular’ time of year this summer instead of out of season and can now see friends and family far more often which is harder when you live where you train. I’ve not regretted or begrudged the different lifestyle for one second but it’s nice now to live differently.”

Elias Makokha is a professional Media Practitioner venturing into Corporate Communications, Radio Broadcast and Digital content creation with a keen interest in videography, photography and online Writing. He works well individually and collaboratively with his juniors, peers and seniors. He adheres to the hallmarks of journalism and accurately reports by conducting fact checks from reputable sources before publishing.

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