Scottish Athletic Prominent Lee McConnell Announced Her Retirement
The Scottish athletic prominent, Lee McConnell announced her retirement from athletics.
She said about her retirement, when she was in pregnant. She made the decision to continue with training through and in post pregnancy, but now she reached the decision to end up her career as a professional athlete.
Its been a great journey but the time has come for me to retire from competitive athletics. I'm looking forward to what the future holds
— Lee McConnell (@LeeMcConnell400) April 3, 2014
Lee McConnell’s 12 years career in athletes, she won major championship medals than other Scottish athlete’s history. She’s a triple Olympian, and completed Athens and Beijing Olympics; she has been ranked regularly in the world’s top ten 400m runners.
Lee McConnell’s has competed for Scotland, Great Britain and Europe.
In last 11 years she has been qualified for every major outdoor championship, competing in individual 400m and 400m Hurdles. She broke onto the scene in 2002, at the Manchester Commonwealth Games winning a silver medal in individual 400m and in the same year she wins the bronze in the European Championships and finish 4th place in the world cup, whilst representing Europe.
In young age she loves to participate in sports. When she before being captured by athletics at the age of 13. She competed in swimming, volley ball, net ball and figure skating.
In 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, winning performance of Sally Gunn ell’s passion and determination shown by Derek Redmond – that initially inspired her.
In 2000, she starts her athletics career in High Jumper and she won medals at UK Championships, achieves a personal best of 1.88.
Initially she dreamed of making the Sydney Olympics in 2000 as a High Jumper but unfortunately that dream didn’t come true.
The women’s 400m gave her a new dream. In Sydney Olympics, the Australian athletes Cathy Freeman won, but the actual performances of the British athletes Katherine Merry and Donna Fraser who’s inspired her to switch into the 400m.
Lee McConnell’s Achievements:
|2002||Commonwealth Games||Manchester,England||2nd||400 metres|
|2002||European Championships||Munich, Germany||3rd||400 metres|
|2005||European Indoor Championships||Madrid, Spain||3rd||4×400 m relay|
|2005||World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||3rd||4×400 m relay|
|2006||Commonwealth Games||Melbourne,Australia||3rd||400 m hurdles|
|2007||World Championships||Osaka, Japan||3rd||4×400 m relay|
|2010||European Championships||Barcelona, Spain||3rd||4×400 m relay|
|2011||European Indoor Championships||Paris, France||2nd||4×400 m relay|