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Athletics: Australian ex-Olympic pole vault champion Hooker retires

Published on Apr 12, 2014 3:03 PM
 

MELBOURNE, April 12 (REUTERS) - Australia's former Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker has announced his retirement at the age of 31, citing waning motivation.

His gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics made him the first Australian man to win a track and field gold in 40 years and kicked off a two-year period of global dominance that reaped world and indoor titles.

A serious knee injury in 2010 and a subsequent confidence crisis took their toll, but the shaggy-haired vaulter dug deep to qualify for the London Olympics where he reached the final.

"I think this decision began last year on my birthday when I was doing a vault session that didn't go well," he said in a statement posted on governing body Athletics Australia's website (www.athletics.com.au) on Saturday.

 
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