After three years of walking the line between hope and reality Jessie Barr has retired from competitive athletics, not with any great fuss or fanfare but the simple realisation life has moved on. She’ll be 30 next month, her best of 55.93 still the second-fastest on the Irish all-time list, and having last raced in 2016, Barr has already accepted that Tokyo 2020 is now beyond her. It felt like one injury after another, and because of that it was hard to give the effort that maybe I should have done. I started athletics because I just love it, if you’re not loving it, putting all the time and effort in becomes even more difficult, especially if you’re not getting the rewards. “But I know I was lucky to make the Olympics, win three national titles, and get to make that European final in my first senior event.
Source: The Irish Times June 17, 2019 18:11 UTC