Sandie Richards retires

Jamaican 400-meter runner Sandie Richards announced her retirement in Jamaica on Sunday.
Richards, who won gold at the 2001 world championships and bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 4x400 relay, wants to concentrate on coaching.

“I’ve been toying with (retirement) for two years now,” she said. “It’s a hard thing to do, (but) my body couldn’t handle the training anymore and I don’t want to do anything else on the track internationally.”

The 38-year-old Richards competed at four Olympics. She also won the 400 at the 1993 and 2000 World Indoor Championships and at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia.

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[SANDIE was never the glamour figure like teammate Merlene Ottey, but she always seemed to be a lot of fun and a totally classy act. Her character and integrity will be missed around the traps. Good luck Sandie … kk]