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Lee McConnell announces retirement from athletics

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Lee McConnell announces her retirement.
Lee McConnell announces her retirement..

Lee McConnell has announced her retirement today from athletics ruling herself out of a return to the track for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, BBC Sport report.

The 400m runner had been desperate to make it back in time to compete for the Scottish team 12 years on from achieving a silver medal at the same event.

Speaking to BBC Sport, McConnell said, "This is obviously a huge year for Scotland and this was not an easy decision to make as it means not competing in a home Commonwealth Games.

"Now is my time, however. I'm excited for the new opportunities and challenges that retiring from athletics will bring me and look forward to getting involved with a home games - just not as a competing athlete."

McConnell had missed a large part of the 2013 season but just nine weeks after giving birth the middle-distance runner was back in training in an effort to get back to full fitness.

However, since giving birth to her son, the 35-year-old has called it quits with the sport she had been so successful with and will not compete in her home town one last time.

Fellow Scottish counterpart and six-time Olympic Champion Chris Hoy took to Twitter to wish McConnell luck with her announcement today, saying: "Congratulations on a fantastic career, enjoy your retirement."

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games will begin on July 23 and it is set to be the largest multi-sport event to be held in Scotland to date.

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