Matt Hughes, Canadian Olympic distance runner and report holder, has introduced his retirement. On Sunday, Hughes posted a letter on social media detailing his choice to step away from the game.
He summarizes his time competing as one among Canada’s prime athletes as “an excellent experience.” Toronto-based Hughes ran on each the Rio (2016) and Tokyo (2021) Canadian Olympic groups. His sixth-place end within the 3,000m steeplechase in Tokyo was the very best consequence a Canadian has ever achieved in that occasion on the Olympics or World Championships.
Hughes expressed disappointment with the ending, however famous that his decade-long skilled profession could be one he would look again upon with delight.
An Oshawa, Ont. native, Hughes attended the College of Louisville, successful consecutive NCAA championships in 2010 and 2o11. Within the following years he established himself as one of many best steeplechasers on the planet, and holds the Canadian report of 8:11.64 within the 3,000m steeplechase from the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in 2013.
Hughes skilled as a member of the Bowerman Monitor Membership from 2017-2019 earlier than returning to his home-base of Toronto previous to the Tokyo Olympics.
In his announcement, Hughes depicts his previous few years competing as a World Class athlete as traumatic, and describes struggling to take pleasure in good instances whereas always involved about harm. “What I did take pleasure in was the folks I used to be with and realizing the household and associates that have been in my nook, cheering me on,” he provides.
Whereas he doesn’t share any future profession plans but, Hughes says he’s trying ahead to resting up and having fun with his “first Canadian summer time in a decade.”
Hughes presents on-line teaching and consulting via Rhythm Athletics.