Friday 25 May 2018

Irish pole vault star Tori Pena writes beautiful letter to announce her retirement

Tori Pena of Ireland competing in the Women's Pole Vault Qualifying Round at the Olympic Stadium during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Tori Pena of Ireland competing in the Women's Pole Vault Qualifying Round at the Olympic Stadium during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Irish pole vault representative Tori Pena has penned a touching letter to announce her retirement after she failed to make the final in Rio yesterday.

The 29-year-old Californian, who qualified to represent Ireland through her Derry-born grandmother, finished in 27th with a vault of 4.30m.

With only 16 athletes progressing, Pena was someway off the requisite score.

Pena represented Ireland at the London games four ago, but she first donned the green singlet in the European Athletics Championships in 2010, after she acquired dual citizenship.

In April of 2012, she set an Irish outdoor record of 4.15m in San Diego, which ensured her qualification for the London Olympics that summer.

Today she announced she was stepping away from elite athletics and issued a heartfelt letter expressing her deep gratitude to all her colleagues, coaches and friends for their support.

She also thanked all the women she’s encountered over the years who have shown her ‘strength, courage, bravery and joy.’

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