Jenn Suhr announced her retirement on Thursday© AFP
Jenn Suhr, the 2012 Olympic women’s pole vault gold medalist, announced her retirement on Thursday as the U.S. outdoor tournament took place in Eugene. Suhr, who won Olympic silver in Beijing before grabbing gold in London four years later, has already withdrawn from the national tournament, which is a selection meeting for the World Championships at the same Hayward Field venue in July.
“Those words will come to me soon but my heart and soul are ready for the next phase in my life,” 40-year-old Suhr, who has competed in every tournament since 2006, posted on social media on Thursday.
“The pole vault opened up more than I expected and let me experience more than I ever dreamed of.”
Suhr, who defeated Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia in London, still has the highest indoor distance of 5.02m, set at the 2013 US championships.
He won the indoor world title in 2016.
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