Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kiwi Dual Olympian Calls Time on Professional Racing

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kiwi Dual Olympian Calls Time on Professional Racing

Article excerpt

WHEN asked why he is hanging up his running shoes and swimmers after this weekend's Noosa Triathlon, New Zealander Kris Gemmell is plain and to the point Co he has had enough.

After more than 15 years in the sport and two Olympic campaigns, Gemmell (pictured) says he does not have it in him to go around again and will retire from professional racing after tomorrow's Noosa Triathlon.

The 35-year-old finished 15th in London following an emotionally and physically draining campaign.

After spending most of 2011 battling a rare virus that weakened his skeletal muscles, Gemmell was floored four weeks out from that year's Auckland World Cup when his cousin was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Gemmell went on to win the event, and two weeks ago farewelled his NZ fans when he placed 20th in this year's edition of the same event. While that could have been seen as a fitting end to his career, he decided to go around again at Noosa tomorrow.

C[pounds sterling]It's difficult, the emotional and physical toll that that sort of campaign (the Olympics) can have,C[yen] he said. …

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