Derval O'Rourke: Former world indoor hurdles champion retires

Derval O'Rourke in action at the 2013 European Athletics Championships
Derval O'Rourke of Ireland won the 60 metres hurdles at the World Indoor Championshipsin 2006

Ireland's former world indoor sprint hurdles champion Derval O'Rourke has announced her retirement.

As well as winning gold in the 60 metres at the 2006 World Indoors, the Cork native won silvers at two European Championships (2006 and 2010).

The 33-year-old holds the Irish hurdles records for the 100m outdoor and the 50m and 60m indoor.

"It has been a tough decision but it feels like the right time," said O'Rourke.

"I knew I could compete this season, but not in a time to be in medal contention.

"Going to a championships just to be there, isn't me."

O'Rourke's last championship race was at the 2013 European Indoor Championships where she won bronze.

She added: "The last competitive race I ran was the bronze medal I won last year at the European Indoors and I feel like that was a great performance.

"I have loved every minute of my athletics career but now I am going to take some time to reflect what has been a very privileged job for me for the past 12 years and make some decisions about the future."

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