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'I’d got to the point where I wasn’t enjoying competing'- Olympic medallist Robbie Grabarz announces retirement

England's Robbie Grabarz in the Men's High Jump Final at the Commonwealth Games 2018 Credit: PA

Cambridgeshire high jumper Robbie Grabarz has announced he's retiring after admitting "he doesn't enjoy competing anymore".

The 30-year-old has been competing for 20 years and has won a number of medals in his career, including a bronze at the London 2012 Olympics and silver at the World Indoor Championships in 2016.

He said he's loved the sport but reached the point where he didn't want to carry on.

I’m glad I got myself back into shape this winter – I needed to do that so I knew if it didn’t work it wasn’t through injury. I’d got to the point where I wasn’t enjoying competing and didn’t want it anymore.

I’ve seen people carry on too long past the point of enjoyment and there is no need, life is too short and I want to feel positive about my time competing. I’ve had a great time in the sport – 20 years’ worth – and have genuinely loved jumping.

There was a point in 2011 when I thought I was done then, so to get almost another seven years in the sport was pretty special.

So, from the person who maybe clapped my run up once, to those I worked with closely every day, thank you for being there.

I’m looking forward to spending time with the family and also watching athletics – I’ve not been a big watcher before now but I want to keep up with how my friends are doing.

– Robbie Grabarz
Grabarz won a bronze medal the London 2012 Olympics Credit: uzan Moore/EMPICS Entertainment/PA

Grabarz was crowned European champion for the first time in Helsinki in 2012, the first British male to win in 62 years.

His last major competition was last month’s Commonwealth Games where he missed out on a medal.

The 30-year-old has now decided to call it a day Credit: PA

British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black commented: “Robbie has been at the top of the sport for a number of years and it is with sadness that we see him retire but I want to congratulate him on a fantastic career spanning a number of years.

"He has a big character and a big heart, and has been a key addition to British teams for more than a decade.

“Robbie is a big stage performer and has delivered at a number of major championships. He has been a key part of successes for British athletics over a number of years and that must be celebrated.

“From his early days, coming through the junior stages, to acting as a mentor for younger athletes as an experienced senior, we have witnessed the growth of Robbie as an athlete and a person. We wish him and his family all the best for the future.”