Former World Indoor champion, multiple Irish record holder and three time Olympian Derval O’Rourke has announced her retirement from athletics.
The Cork hurdler won five championship medals, including gold in the 60m at the World Indoor Championships in 2006 and two European Championship 100m silvers (2006 and 2010).
The Leevale athlete, whose final championship race was a bronze medal at the 2013 European Indoor Championships, has decided to hang up her spikes after 12 years competing at the highest level in world and European athletics.
O’Rourke retires holding three Irish records, in the 100m hurdles and 50m and 60m indoor hurdles.
The Cork hurdler also has the distinction of qualifying and competing at every major outdoor championship from 2002 to 2012.
O’Rourke said: “I’ve had an absolutely amazing career in athletics and for that I am so grateful to all the support I have received along the way.
"It’s been a tough decision but it feels like the right time. I knew I could compete this season, but not in a time to be in medal contention by European Outdoors. Going to a Championships just to be there, isn’t me.
"It’s been a tough decision but it feels like the right time" - Derval O'Rourke
“The last competitive race I ran was the bronze medal I won last year at European Indoors and I feel like that was a great performance.
"I’ve been extremely lucky with the team I’ve had around me, Sean and Terrie Cahill are the rock that my success has been built on.
"Together we forged a way to be successful on a world stage and I’m incredibly grateful for their focus, passion and dedication.
“I’ve loved every minute of my athletics career but now I’m 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 for the future.”