Croatia’s double high jump world champion and Olympic medallist Blanka Vlasic introduced her retirement on Friday after a protracted battle with accidents.
Vlasic made her Olympic debut as a 16-year-old in 2000. She underwent surgical procedure on a thyroid situation 5 years later however bounced again to assert the silver medal in Beijing in 2008 and bronze in Rio in 2016.
Vlasic, 37, mentioned the choice to retire had “come naturally” after she had spent the previous few years making an attempt to get better from a foot harm.
“Although athletics is an individual sport, I always felt like part of a team because I didn’t jump just for myself. Running the victory lap with the Croatian flag has always been the greatest honour for me,” Vlasic mentioned in a press release.
“If I had known that the one in Rio would be my last, I would have run it with even more pride… With peace in my heart, gratitude for every inch and every applause, I turn to the next page in my life.”
Vlasic’s private greatest of two.08 metres, which she set in Croatia in 2009, is second solely to the world document of two.09m jumped by Bulgaria’s Stefka Kostadinova.
Twice an indoor world champion, Vlasic was named World Athlete of the Year in 2010.