Athletics: British sprinter Leon Baptiste retires after conceding defeat in fitness battle

Last Updated: 12/05/14 2:14pm

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Leon Baptiste: Sprinter hangs up his spikes

Leon Baptiste: Sprinter hangs up his spikes

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Commonwealth 200 metres champion Leon Baptiste has announced his retirement from athletics.

The 28-year-old, who won 200m and 4x100m relay gold in Delhi in 2010, has decided to focus on coaching.

Baptiste, who was ruled out of the London Olympics by knee surgery, said: "As much as I am sprinting and progressing, my body has never fully recovered from my knee surgery and my coach and I feel that Glasgow Commonwealth Games qualification is a tall order - so the time has come for my focus to move elsewhere.

"The decision for an athlete to retire is never easy, especially with the defence of my titles just around the corner, but in essence the decision has been made for me.

"It has, however, been made a bit easier as a result of my success over the past two years coaching some young athletes."

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