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Athletics star McConnell announces retirement

LEE McConnell has announced her immediate retirement from athletics and will not compete in the Commonwealth Games.

The 35-year-old, who gave birth to son Ethan at the end of October last year, had hoped to return for this year's games in Glasgow, but has now opted to hang up her spikes for good.

The 400-metres runner said in a statement: "When I fell pregnant with Ethan I made the decision to continue training through- and post-pregnancy and see where that took me. I have now reached the decision that my career as a professional athlete has come to an end."

McConnell has won more major medals than any other Scottish athlete with nine, including Commonwealth silver in 2002 and two World Champion relay bronzes.

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