The Cairns Post

Stevens calls time on discus career


DISCUS champion Dani Stevens has announced her retirement.

Stevens leaves the sport as a two-time Commonweal­th Games gold medallist and a four-time Olympian, starting in Beijing, where she was the youngest member of the athletics team.

Her best result on the Olympic stage was in Rio in 2016, where she finished in fourth place, 44cm short of a bronze medal.

Stevens, 33, also holds the distinctio­n of being one of few athletes to win a world championsh­ip in their selected discipline at youth, junior at senior level.

In 2009, at 21, she became the youngest world champion, having previously been named junior world champion in 2006 and youth world champion in 2005.

She claimed the silver medal at the 2017 London world championsh­ips with a personal best throw of 69.64m, which would have been enough to win Olympic Gold at every Games since 2000.

Stevens has battled injury since her most recent Commonweal­th Games gold medal win.

“Wow what an experience it has been. Never did I think going to little athletics throwing training with the local coach when I was eight years old would lead to me to the life I have lived,” she said.

“I always knew I couldn’t do it forever and have decided to retire from athletics.”

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