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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Chandra Sturrup retires

A sprint icon in The Bahamas, Chandra Sturrup has announced her retirement from athletics after a long career. Sturrup, the national record holder in the women's 100 metres (10.84 seconds) announced her retirement at the National Open Track and Field Championship in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on the weekend. The announcement from the 41-year-old athlete comes a year after the London summer Olympics when she announced her intention to quit the sport. "I have run my race. It's sad to leave but you have to go one day," said Sturrup, who will go down as one of the most accomplished track and field athletes in the history of The Bahamas. Sturrup has a personal best time of 22.33 in the 200 metres and was a world-class performer in the long jump as well. She is a former World indoor champion over 60m, a two-time World Championship 100m bronze medallist, a World Championship sprint relay champion and an Olympic sprint relay champion. "What happens next is that I am going to continue and finish my degree in interior design. I should be finished hopefully next year," said Sturrup, who has represented her country at five Olympic Games and eight consecutive World Championships.