Achike announces retirement
British triple jumper Larry Achike has announced his retirement after a career spanning more than 20 years.
The 37-year-old won the world junior title in 1994 and also took gold in the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, while he was fifth in the Olympics in Sydney in 2000 and seventh in Beijing four years ago.
"After 20 years of proudly representing Great Britain, I've officially hung up my Jumping Spikes today. I already have Withdrawal Symptoms!" Achike wrote on Twitter.
Achike won the recent Olympic trials in Birmingham, but was well short of the 'A' qualifying standard he needed to secure his place on the team for London.
His last appearance in a British vest was in the European Championships in Helsinki at the end of June, where he failed to reach the triple jump final.