British Olympian Hannah Whelan announces retirement from gymnastics

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Last Updated: 20/02/15 3:55pm

Hannah Whelan at the Commonwealth Games

Great Britain’s double-Olympian Hannah Whelan has announced her retirement from gymnastics.

The 22-year-old competed for Great Britain in the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics as well as winning a team gold medal and a bronze in the all-round event at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Whelan has been crowned all-round champion twice, in 2010 and 2011, and will now move into high-performance coaching.

She said: “Since the World Championships year I’ve grown used to the idea of not competing but I still think it will be strange at first when I see the other girls in action- of course I’ll be cheering them all on.

“Competing in two Olympic Games, winning British titles and representing my country for so long has been incredible.

“To see how far the sport has come on in my time is unbelievable, I’m definitely leaving the sport on a high and I’m so proud to have been a part of helping get the British team to where we are today.”