Via Instagram
British gymnast Hannah Whelan announced her retirement from elite gymnastics today.


"Hi everyone, today I am announcing my retirement from gymnastics. I know, It is the right decision for me after an unforgettable 16 years in the sport" wrote Whelan on Twitter.


Whelan who turned senior in 2008, contributed to her team's 9th place finish at the Beijing Olympics and helped her team to qualify to the final in London Olympics.


Individually, Hannah qualified to the London's all around final where she finished last after a fall on vault which got her a zero.


Her best results were at 2012 European championships. There, she won three bronze medals, on floor exercise and balance beam.


She was also a member of the 2014 British European team that won a silver medal.


Screen shot via Jasmine Grace

 “I know I’m now ready to stop competing. After London 2012 I took a bit of time to decide to carry on as I wanted to compete at a Commonwealth Games so I set that as my goal. To achieve what we did as a team last year definitely made that decision worthwhile. Since  the World Championships year I’ve grown used to the idea of not competing but I still think it will be strange at first when I see the other girls in action – of course I’ll be cheering them all on." 



"I’ve always loved and will always love gymnastics, that sense of achievement after every session always kept me going and wanting to better myself. Competing in two Olympic Games, winning British titles and representing my country for so long has been incredible. To see how far the sport has come on in my time is unbelievable, I’m definitely leaving the sport on a high and I’m so proud to have been a part of helping get the British team to where we are today.”
the 22 year old gymnast told british-gymnastics.org.

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