• Tia Hellebaut Announces Retirement

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The 2008 Beijing Olympics high jump champion Tia Hellebaut of  Belgium announced her retirement from the sport. 

In 2012, the 35 - year-old Hellebaut came back to the sport following after her two previous retirments. Hellebaout on Wednesday (6) in a press conference confirmed that this time she was definately finishing her career.

After she won gold in Beijing Olympics in 2008, she announced retirement since she was pregnatant, but after giving a birth to her first child she returned to the sport. The second retirment she took in 2010 to have another child, but returned before London Olympics with a goal to defend Olympic title.

“It’s not my body that’s telling me to stop but my head,” said Hellebaut. “(Gothenburg) certainly played a role, but it was in my head for several months and if the motivation and the will to fight disappears, it is better to stop.” She said.

“The combination of the sport and being a mother has begun to take its toll. I must be honest with myself and I do not want to just muddle through or be there to fill up the field,” she added.

Despite her retirement Hellebout will stay with the sport of track and field.

“I will start working as an Assistant Meeting Director of the Memorial Van Damme (the Samsung Diamond League final in Brussels),” said Hellebaut.

Hellebaut Holds a high jump national record of 2.05m which puts her in 12 place in the history of the event. She has jumped 9 times in her career over 2.00m mark in different competions.


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