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Catalina Ponor has taken to Instagram to officially announce her retirement from the sport.

The Romanian gymnast, who failed to qualify to any final today in Montreal, has posted a photo that contained text bidding farewell to her fans.

"I was trying to do the beam routine exactly as I could do it. In training, it went very well. I know that I was prepared and I am pretty sure I could do a lot better than this. This happens. Competition is a competition. Right now, I am ok with leaving gymnastics."

Ponor has previously expressed desire to compete at Tokyo Olympics in 2020. After Montreal's podium training, she shocked fans by announcing that this will be her last World championships.

The 30 year old gymnast had a long successful career. She won five Olympic medals, three of which are gold and multiple European titles. She turned senior in 2003 and competed at three Olympic Games.

She made three comebacks after retiring in 2006,2007 and 2012.

Written by Gigi Farid



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