Caterine Ibargüen announced her retirement from athletics


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Caterine Ibargüen announced her retirement from athletics

Colombian Caterine Ibargüen, Olympic triple jump champion at the Rio 2016 Games and silver in London 2012, announced this Thursday, August 5, his retirement from athletics at the age of 37 and after having participated in Tokyo 2020, where he gave his throne to the Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas.

“I am very happy with the opportunities that life gave me and that I had the opportunity to show that it is possible to fulfill dreams. A chapter ends now, but the great story continues“, said the Colombian, quoted in a message from Global Sports Communication, the agency that represents it.

Ibargüen, born in Apartadó, in the department of Antioquia, retires as a legend of Colombian sports because, in addition to the two olympic medals, has a wide track record that includes two world titles in the triple jump, achieved in Moscow (2013) and Beijing (2015).

She was also two-time Pan American champion in this discipline at the Guadalajara (2011) and Toronto (2015) Games.

Another of the achievements of the Colombian career was having been chosen as World Athlete of the Year in 2018 by the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) after having been crowned champion of the Diamond League in long jump and triple.

Given the postponement of the Olympic Games last year, Ibargüen decided to postpone his retirement by one year to participate in Tokyo where he was tenth with a mark of 14.25 meters.

Thus, as stated on various occasions, had a good participation in the Olympics to retire “through the big door”.

“I am happy for what I did here in Tokyo. I am proud to have carried the flag of our country and I think I am privileged to be able to enjoy a few more Games, “she said this week after participating in her fourth Olympics.


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