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Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson Announces Retirement

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Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Britain’s most successful Paralympian, today announced her retirement from international competition.  

 

The 37-year-old Cardiff born athlete, who’s based in Redcar, believes now is the right time to move on to a new challenge.

 

She said: “I have always said that I would wake up one day and know that I would not want to do it any more. There are other things that I want to do and if I want to be successful I need to devote more time to those things.

 

“I am still competing at a very high level, but as I get older things get harder and I want to retire before I fall apart.”

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Dame Tanni’s final race in a GB vest will be at the Visa Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May, where she is hoping to go out on a high.

 

She said: “Obviously my last race will be emotional, but for me it’s business as usual. I will probably be sick, but I will prepare in the same way, go through my same routine, and hopefully win.”

 

Dame Tanni is Britain’s best-known Paralympic athlete, having performed at world-class level in distances ranging from 100m to the marathon.

 

Her 15 Paralympic medals including 11 golds, six gold medals in the London Marathon and her comprehensive set of British and world records make her achievements second to none in the disability sport arena.

 

In 2000 she was decorated with the OBE in honour of her services to sport, which was followed by Damehood in 2004.

 

Although she’s hanging up her GB vest, Dame Tanni is not leaving sport altogether and is already passing on her expertise to the next generation of Paralympic athletes.

 

“I am coaching a couple of young athletes who are working towards Beijing and London. I also want to continue with my broadcasting and speaking work but would also welcome the opportunity to put something back into sport.”

 

For further information about Pure Gold contact Martin Corck or Helen Williams at Creating Excellence, 01245 328 303.

 

For further information about the Visa Paralympic World Cup which takes place in Manchester from 7th to 13th May, contact Lisa Harper at Fast Track, 0207 592 5293 m 07881 822 161 or go to www.visaparalympicworldcup.com

Competitive History

 

Paralympics

1988    Seoul, South Korea

Bronze  400m

 

1992    Barcelona, Spain    
Gold     100m

Gold     200m

Gold     400m

Gold     800m

 

1996    Atlanta, USA
Gold     800m

Silver   100m

Silver   200m

Silver   400m

 

2000    Sydney, Australia

Gold     100m

Gold     200m

Gold     400m

Gold     800m

 

2004    Athens, Greece     
Gold     100m

Gold     400m

 

Commonwealth Games

1990    Auckland, New Zealand 

Bronze             800m

 

World Championships

1990    Assen, Holland 
Silver   100m
Silver   200m

Bronze  400m

 

1994    Berlin, Germany
Gold     100m
Gold     200m

Gold     400m

Gold     800m

Bronze  10,000m

 

1998    Birmingham, England
Gold     200m
Silver   400m
Silver   800m

 

European Championships

2003    Assen, Holland
Gold     100m
Gold     200m

Gold     400m

Gold     800m

 

2005    Espoo, Finland
Gold     100m

Gold     200m

Gold     400m

Gold     800m

 

London Marathon

First  1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002

Second 1997, 2000

Third  1993

Fourth 1990

 

Dame Tanni has held British records in every distance from 100m up to 10,000m.

 

Dame Tanni broke her own 400m world record in 2003 in a time of 56.28. In 2004 she broke her own 200m world record in a time of 29.66.