Olympic champion, Roman Sebrle, announced his retirement from athletics. He is the first athlete to collect more than 9000 points in an event said to be the toughest, decathlon.
During his professional career, the Czech army officer has won prestigious titles including a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, two golds at the European Championships (in 2002 and 2006), one World Championship from Osaka 2007 and the gold medal at Athens Olympic 2004. Sebrle is also the three-time Europe and two-time World’s Indoor champion in heptathlon.
"I didn't expect this to be so difficult; it is tough," said the 38-year-old after various injuries, including serious heel problems, which also prevented him from achieving great results at last year's Olympics.
"The heel is probably the biggest problem I have ever had," he stated, confirming the ending of his 23-year-old career.
The Czech was the decathlon’s world record holder with a result of 9026 points, before last season, after 11 years, United States‘ Ashton Eaton achieved a result 13 points better than Sebrle’s.
He hoped to make this year’s World Championships in Moscow, however it would be impossible for him to recover, or even later prepare for the exhausting competition.
Sebrle is one of the most respectable athletes in athletics‘ long history and will surely be remembered for a long time.
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