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Former European indoor champion David Gillick hangs up his spikes

Updated: Monday, 30 Jun 2014 16:23 | Comments

David Gillick celebrates after winning gold at the 2007 European Indoor Championships
David Gillick celebrates after winning gold at the 2007 European Indoor Championships

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Former European indoor 400m champion David Gillick has announced his retirement from athletics.

Gillick, who turns 31 next month, won indoor gold medals at the 2005 European Indoor Championships in Madrid and the 2007 event in Birmingham.

“I’ve decided to hang up the spikes," he told RTÉ Sport. "After 10 years of being a professional athlete I think it’s time to move on.

“I’ve had the guts of 10 months to think about it. Last summer I was injured and wasn’t really competing.

“I felt the writing was on the wall. If I was out running 46 seconds and my best was 44 seconds, it’s not going to give me that self-fulfilment.

“It was tough but I’ve had time to come to terms with it before I announced it and it feels right to do it now.“

The Dubliner set the national indoor record of 45.52 seconds in 2007 while he also broke the national outdoor 400m record in 2009 with a time of 44.77sec.

Gillick, who competed in one Olympic Games - Beijing in 2008, has also become a celebrity off the field, winning RTÉ’s Celebrity Masterchef in 2013 as well as being an RTÉ athletics columnist.

His retirement comes just a week after former World indoor champion, multiple Irish record holder and three-time Olympian Derval O'Rourke announced her retirement.

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