Australia’s Olympic 2012 gold medallist and reigning world champion hurdler Sally Pearson has retired owing to persistent injuries.
It means Pearson, who won 100m hurdles gold in London, will not defend her world title in Doha in October.
She says six injuries in the past year mean she has “major doubts” her body will be able to continue to cope, 12 months before the Tokyo Olympics.
“After 16 years, it’s time to hang up my spikes,” Pearson, 32, said.
“I’m proud of my career and what I’ve achieved and hopefully inspired our next generation of athletes coming through.”
The Olympic record-holder made her competitive comeback after 14 months out in the 100m hurdles at the Australian National Championships in April.