British sprinter Leon Baptiste has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 28.

Baptiste, winner of two Commonwealth Games golds in Delhi four years ago, confirmed the decision after failing to recover from a knee injury.

He had been hoping to defend his title in Glasgow this year, but the injury which ruled him out of London 2012 has prevented him from getting back to his best.

"As much as I am sprinting and progressing, my body has never fully recovered from my knee surgery," he was quoted as saying by Athletics Weekly.

"My coach and I feel that Glasgow Commonwealth Games qualification is a tall order - so the time has come for my focus to move elsewhere."

The 28-year-old will now turn his hand to coaching, mentoring youngsters to achieve their maximum potential in the sport, something he added had made the decision less sour to take.

"It has, however, been made a bit easier as a result of my success over the past two years coaching some young athletes. The result of which has been the opportunity for me to progress this and embark on a career as a sprints coach."

Baptiste will take the experience of winning double gold in India, along with the coaching skills he has been developing with his own mentor, Barry Fudge, and hope to help a young sprinter replicate his success.

The Commonwealth Games, minus Baptiste, begin in Glasgow on July 23.

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