Croatian High Jumper Vlasic Retires After Career Full Of Medals
Muhammad Rameez 10 days ago Fri 19th February 2021 | 04:53 PM
Croatia's two-time world champion and double Olympic medallist Blanka Vlasic announced on Friday she was retiring after struggling with injuries for years
Zagreb, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Feb, 2021 ) :Croatia's two-time world champion and double Olympic medallist Blanka Vlasic announced on Friday she was retiring after struggling with injuries for years.
Vlasic, 37, said in an open letter that since winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, "I have been trying to cure my injury, four years full of hope that I will once again stand in front of the bar and challenge myself.
"The following years brought countless rehabilitation treatments, hope and disappointment." Vlasic has long suffered from injuries to her Achilles tendon and heel and had to undergo frequent operations.
She said she let the decision to end her career "come naturally".
"I knew that the time has come and I was completely peaceful" with it, she added.
Coached by her father Josko Vlasic, she made her first Olympic appearance in 2000 aged 16.