• Athletics

Commonwealth heptathlon champion retires

ESPN staff
September 3, 2013

Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Louise Hazel has announced her retirement from the heptathlon, although she has left the door open to compete in other events.

Hazel, 27, won gold for England at the 2010 Games in Delhi, but said she would not defend her title at Glasgow 2014.

"I'm retiring from heptathlon but I'm not ruling out other sports," she said. "I feel I can't carry on in that discipline. The past 17 years have been an amazing journey and one I'm very grateful for."

She finished 14th at the 2009 World Championships and 27th at the London 2012 Games.

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