Irish hammer thrower, Eileen O’Keeffe has announced her decision to retire from the sport,following a long battle with a knee injury.
The Kilkenny woman represented Ireland from 2000 to 2009, and competed in the Olympic Games, World and European Track and Field Championships. In 2007, O’Keeffe finished sixth in the World Championship and won a silver medal at the World Student Games. The following year she became the first Irish woman to qualify for the hammer event in the Olympic Games. Her best ever throw was the 73.21 metres she threw in Dublin in July of 2007.
O’Keeffe said today: ‘It has been a difficult decision but I feel at this point that I have given my best to the sport and have had some top class performances during my career. After my long injury battle I feel it’s time to step away from the sport and focus solely on my nursing career”.