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Irish two-time Olympian Colin Griffin announces his retirement

The 32-year-old race walker has decided to hang up the spikes.

Griffin competing in the 50k walk at London 2012.
Griffin competing in the 50k walk at London 2012.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

IRISH RACE WALKER Colin Griffin has announced his retirement.

The 32-year-old Leitrim native, who represented Ireland in the 50km walk at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012,  has called time on his career after taking a year out from the sport having missed out on last year’s World Championships.

“I suppose being 32, you want to be sure you have no regrets closing that chapter of my career,” Griffin told the Leitrim Observer.

“I knew after the Olympics, the seed had been planted and the question of whether I had the stomach to continue at that level once I got the other side of 30.”

“I was getting fulfillment from other areas and not as much from my athletics career as I would have like so I just had to be realistic and make a mature decision.”

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