track and field

Klüft to quit sport after 2012 Olympics

Track and field star Carolina Klüft has announced she will stop competing as an athlete after the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

In an interview with Swedish Radio Sport, Kluft talked openly about leaving the world of sports following the upcoming games.

“After that it's time for me to do something else. I’ve been doing this for a very long time even if I’m not that old and I have a lot of other things that I want to do,” she said.

Born 1983, Klüft is perhaps Sweden’s best known heptathlon athlete. She holds the European record in heptathlon, 7.032 points.

At the age of 22 she became the youngest ever track and field athlete to win five international gold medals – Olympic gold, World Cup both indoor and outdoors and the European Championships indoors and
outdoor – in one year.

In 2008 she stopped competing in the heptathlon and instead focused on long jump and triple jump