Former Olympic silver medallist Wendy Houvenaghel retires

Wendy Houvenaghel has announces her retirement from cycling after pulling out of the Commonwealth Games with injury

Former Olympic silver medallist Wendy Houvenaghel has announced her retirement from cycling after pulling out of the Commonwealth Games with injury.

The 29-year-old won individual pursuit silver at Beijing 2008 and is also a three-time team pursuit world champion.

Houvenaghel had hoped to represent Northern Ireland at Glasgow 2014 but sustained a back injury in training and was forced to withdraw.

And while she admitted it was a tough decision, missing out on the Commonwealth Games appears to have forced her hand as she opted to call it a day.

“It is never easy to make the final decision to end one’s sporting career,” Houvenaghel said.

“It is disappointing to have to withdraw from competition at the Commonwealth Games, however, I would like to wish my Northern Irish team-mates every success with their performances in Glasgow.

“In the future, I hope to put something back into the sport but for now I am looking forward to pursuing my career in dentistry.”

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