American pole vaulter Jennifer Suhr, the 2012 London Olympic champion, has ended her career at the age of 40. Suhr was 17 times American champion and in 2016 captured the world indoor title.
Suhr started the pole vault in 2004 after playing basketball for many years. The American took her first national title within a year. In 2008 she finished second behind Russia’s Jelena Isinbayeva at both the World Indoor Championships and the Beijing Olympics.
Four years later she won Olympic gold in London with a height of 4.75 meters. After Suhr had to settle for silver one more time behind Isinbayeva at the 2013 outdoor World Cup in Moscow, she became world champion indoor in 2016.
“It was an unforgettable journey,” Suhr wrote on Instagram in the post in which she said she was stopping.