End of an era as Colin Griffin announces retirement

13 May 2012; Ireland's Colin Griffin celebrates securing the Olympic Games 'A' Standard time, after finishing in 15th position, with a time of 3.52:55, during the Men's 50km Race Walk event. IAAF World Race Walking Cup, Saransk, Russia. Picture credit: James Veale / SPORTSFILE
A career that spanned two Olympic Games, World Championships and European Finals came to an end this week as Ballinamore’s Colin Griffin officially announced his retirement from competitive race walking.

A career that spanned two Olympic Games, World Championships and European Finals came to an end this week as Ballinamore’s Colin Griffin officially announced his retirement from competitive race walking.

The two-time Olympian told the Leitrim Observer in an exclusive interview that “I suppose being 32, you want to be sure you have no regrets closing that chapter of my career. I knew after the Olympics, the seed had been planted and the question of whether I had the stomach to continue at that level once I got the other side of 30.

“I was getting fulfillment from other areas and not as much from my athletics career as I would have like so I just had to be realistic and make a mature decision.

“But I just knew this Summer that the appetite didn’t return to that level and I was happy enough to finally confirm and move on to other things,” said Colin.

Read the full interview with Colin Griffin on page 50 of this week’s Leitrim Observer.