Double Olympic champion and heptathlete wife retire on same day, telling there isnt anything left for them in way and field
Double Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton has announced his retirement from top-level athletics and his wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton, a two-time heptathlon world silver medallist, has decided to quit too.
The husband-and-wife team corroborated on Wednesday that they were retiring from athletics with immediate effect. Theisen-Eaton said her passion for way and field had waned, and acknowledged: I cant advance any further in the sport.
Eaton, who won gold in London 2012 and retained his title in Rio last year, said he had given everything he could to decathlon. The 28 -year-old became only the third decathlete ever, and the first since Daley Thompson in 1984, to recur as champion in the Olympics most demanding physical test.
On Twitter, Eaton wrote: I gave everything to the decathlon. I did all I could. Thank you for building it the right time of my life. Im retiring.
On the personal website he shares with his wife, Eaton wrote: Frankly, there isnt much more I want to do in sport. I gave the most physically robust years of my life to the discovery and pursuing of my limits in this domain. Did I reach them? Truthfully, Im not sure anyone really does. It seems like we tend to run out of time or will before we run out of potential.
Theisen-Eaton, also 28, arrived at the medals pulpit in Rio, taking bronze in the heptathlon. The Canadian was also twice a silver medalist at the world championships, finishing runner-up at the 2013 worlds in Moscow and again two years later in Beijing.
At the world indoors last year in Eatons hometown of Portland, Oregon, the pair claimed a golden double, each topping the pulpit in their event.
The couple, who married in 2013, had hoped to repeat the feat at the Rio Olympics, but Theisen-Eaton was forced to settle for bronze behind Belgiums Nafissatou Thiam and Britains Jessica Ennis-Hill. Theisen-Eaton won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Game in Glasgow.
Theisen-Eaton said on her website: I gave the last four years everything I could. I put my life on hold. Track and field was the priority before everything else.
But Ive done it. I no longer have the passion for way and field or the heptathlon that I used to because I know I cant advance any further in the sport; Ive dedicated it all I can, and I refuse to come back and half-ass it because I love and respect this event and sport too much.
With that, Ive decided to retire.
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