Athletics - Czech decathlon champion Sebrle ends career

Olympic decathlon gold medallist Roman Sebrle ended his career on Friday after a series of injuries.

Athletics - Czech decathlon champion Sebrle ends career

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Roman Sebrle of Czech Republic reacts after the 400 metres heats of the men's decathlon at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki June 27, 2012 (Reuters)

"I didn't expect this to be so difficult; it is tough," the 38-year-old former world-record holder told, saying a heel injury that forced him to pull out of the London Olympics last year was the final straw.

"The heel is probably the biggest problem I have ever had," added Sebrle, who had intended to make the Moscow world championships in August his final event.

The Czech army officer won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and held the world decathlon record for 11 years until Ashton Eaton of the United States beat it last year.

Sebrle also won the world championship title in Osaka in 2007 and has two European championship golds.

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