Yesterday, after finishing seventh in the first heat of 800-meters at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, Nick Symmonds officially retired.
Earlier this year he said it would be his final season on the track and he went into yesterday’s race hoping to take it all. Things didn’t quite work out that way, but Symmonds seemed to come to terms with it, sharing his thoughts after the race with The Oregonian:
“You know what? I left everything I have on the track,” Symmonds said. “I feel like I did myself justice. All you can do is play the cards you’re dealt. I’m a short, stocky kid from Boise, Idaho, who went to a Division III school, and ended up being ranked No. 3 in the world.”
Symmonds is a two-time Olympian who trains with Brooks Beasts Track Club (previously he ran with Nike). He gained additional notoriety for his outspoken nature regarding doping in the sport and has been an advocate for running clean.
This isn’t the end for him in terms of running. Symmonds has announced he will travel to Hawaii to run in the Honolulu Marathon in December.
“It was all about saying goodbye to everybody; I gave everyone a hug I could find today,” Symmonds told Race Results Weekly. “I’ve got one more race in my legs. I’m here to let you guys know that the last race I’ll run as a pro is the 2017 Honolulu Marathon on Dec. 10.”