Two-time Commonwealth Games marathon gold medallist Michael Shelley has decided to hang up his runners and retire from competitive racing.
The 36-year-old made the announcement on his Facebook page stating, “Over the last couple of weeks, I have come to the decision that I no longer have the desire to compete competitively again. While I have still been out running the drive to complete the training that I feel I need to compete at my best is gone.”
He then went on to thank those who’ve supported him throughout his career.
“To my Dad, Mum and brother it is hard to put into words how much your support and encouragement has meant to me. Thank you for all you have done to help me follow my dreams. Extended family and friends thank you for your support, encouragement and understanding throughout my running journey.
“Richard Telford. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to come to Canberra 17 years ago to train with your training group.”
Shelley’s illustrious Commonwealth Games career started in 2010 when he claimed silver in Delhi marking his spot on the team. He was back in the Green and Gold in the 2014 Glasgow Games and bested his silver coming away with gold in a person best time of 2:11:15. The Queenslander defended his title in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games claiming gold in the tough heat conditions.
Read Shelley’s full announcement below.