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Scottish mile record holder Chris O’Hare retires from athletics

Runner's World UK logo Runner's World UK 4 days ago Howard Calvert
Olympic 1,500m runner Chris O'Hare bows out of professional racing. The Scottish runner has announced his retirement. © Sam Barnes - Getty Images Olympic 1,500m runner Chris O'Hare bows out of professional racing. The Scottish runner has announced his retirement.

Scottish athlete Chris O’Hare is retiring as a professional athlete. He made the announcement on Instagram earlier this week.

The 31-year-old Olympian ran in the 1,500m in Rio 2016, as well as winning 3,000m silver at the 2019 European Indoors in Glasgow, European 1,500m bronze in 2014 and 1,500m bronze in the 2015 European Indoors.

He's perhaps more well known for running the mile, though, recording 25 sub-4-minute times, which is eight more than any other Scottish runner. In addition, he holds the Scottish record for the indoor mile, clocking 3:52:91 in 2016.

O’Hare is now based in the US, and made the decision to retire following hip surgery 14 months ago.

Writing on Instagram, the runner said, 'Retiring is never an easy decision for an athlete to make but I am relieved to say that although I will miss everything about training and racing, I am happy to be a retired athlete.'

He added: 'Running has blessed me with so many opportunities and so many wonderful lifelong friendships.

'Thank you to all those who have supported me from afar, with kind messages when I won and more importantly, messages of support when I didn’t.'

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