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Double European Champion David Gillick confirms retirement from athletics
The Dubliner has endured two rough years with injury and today said he would ‘draw a line in the sand’.

IRELAND’S 400 METRE record holder David Gillick has today confirmed that he is retiring from athletics.

The Dubliner missed out on the London Olympics with a calf injury and the two years since have proved to be a frustrating time on the comeback trail.

Now 31, the European indoor champion of 2005 and 2007, admitted that he had taken the ‘tough decision’ to hang up his spikes in an interview with the Second Captains podcast on the Irish Times.

“I feel the time is right to draw a line in the sand in order to move forward into a new chapter of my life,”said the Ballinteer sprinter who lined out with his local GAA club last month.

Gillick, who also won a world indoor bronze in 2004, has a Masters degree in sports management and says he hopes to continue putting some time in on the track, helping the next generation of Irish athlete to get out of the blocks.

Listen to his full interview with Eoin McDevitt here.

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