SHOCK RETIREMENT FOR ATHLETE JESS MARTIN

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24-year-old Jessica Martin (nee Andrews) has announced that she is to retire from international athletics.

The Islander from Shanklin, who now lives in Spain, pulled up during Saturday’s 10,000m race at the IAAF World Championships in London. Shortly after the race she released a statement announcing her retirement from the sport.

Jess competed in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.

In her statement Jess has said:

“After months of consideration, I have decided to retire from international athletics.

“This may come as a surprise but spending so much time travelling and away from home, enduring recurring injuries and the accompanying rehab has taken its toll on my physical and mental health.

“Athletics can be an incredibly lonely sport at times but also the pressure of competing at international level, commitment and sacrifices that go with it have begun to eat away at my love for running.

“I plan to continue running and training with my coach, possibly even compete in local races as it’s these things that I enjoy.

“Competing internationally requires 100% commitment, running is always in the forefront of my mind and I arrived at London 2017 at peak fitness, but on the night my body said no. It was far from the fairy tale ending I had envisaged and I no longer need to put training first. I can fully enjoy the incredible life that I share with my husband.

“Thank you to everybody who has supported me throughout my journey, in particular my friends, family, British Athletics, Team GB and my sponsors New Balance.

“I’ll never say never, but for now this is an exciting new chapter and who knows what is around the corner”.

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