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General News 8 July 2004 – Paris, France

Injury forces European champion Diagana to retire

Paris, FranceStephane Diagana, 34, the 1997 World 400m Hurdles gold medallist and current European champion has confirmed today that he is retiring.

Diagana who holds the European record of 47.37 which he established in Lausanne on 5 July 1995, has had his career hampered by a series of injuries during the last two years, and a newly sustained calf injury convinced him enough was enough.

“Following another injury picked up on July 5 (on the right calf) and considering the time of rest allocated to recover from this injury, I am not capable of continuing my preparation (for the Olympics),” Diagana said in a press statement issued by the French Athletics federation.

Among a long list of other notable career credits, Diagana also took the 1995 bronze and 1999 silver medals at 400m Hurdles in the World Championships.