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Great Britain Olympic relay and hurdle athlete Jack Green retires at 28

Two-time Olympic athlete Jack Green has retired at the age of 28.

The Maidstone-born runner and hurdler won bronze medals at world and European championship level and a fourth-place finish in the 4x400 metre relay at the London 2012 Olympics.

Jack Green in action for Team GB in the men's 4x400 relay final at the 2012 Olympics Picture: Barry Goodwin
Jack Green in action for Team GB in the men's 4x400 relay final at the 2012 Olympics Picture: Barry Goodwin

The former Brockhill Park Performing Arts College and University of Bath student previously took a break from the sport following ill health.

In a post on Facebook this evening the Folkestone resident said: "I have decided to retire from track and field. I had every intention of training towards a third Olympic Games but after taking some time out and learning more about myself I came to realise that I wasn’t willing to give myself to the sport and make the necessary sacrifices to be the best I could be on the track.

"I was not willing to lose myself or anything else in the hunt for Olympic success. There’s a damn sight more to life than running around and after nearly 10 years at the elite level I’m more than happy to move forward with the next part of my story.

"I finish my athletics career having represented my country at every major championships possible, including two Olympics. This was something I dreamt of as an 8 year old. I would write stories in English about beating Maurice Greene in the 100m and taking home gold. I didn’t quite get the gold but I did achieve my dream!

"Fourth at the Olympics, bronze medals from the Worlds and Europeans and a fourth at the Commonwealths. Not too bad an innings!

Olympic hurdler Jack Green at Body and Mind, Canterbury. Picture: Chris Davey
Olympic hurdler Jack Green at Body and Mind, Canterbury. Picture: Chris Davey

"I want to say a massive thank you to my mum, nan and coach June. You have supported all my decisions, the good ones and bad ones. You have been loyal throughout and I love you for it.

"Obviously there are hundreds more people who have supported me and I’m grateful to have had you on my journey. Thank you.

"I will not be leaving the sport completely as I plan to step into the world of coaching, something I thoroughly enjoy and can hopefully help some athletes achieve their own dreams.

"I will still be sharing my story about my mental health struggles and being an elite athlete. I’ve been lucky to speak for some of the top businesses and organisations in the world. So, feel free to get in touch if you think I could help you or your team!

"Laters, Jack"

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