Olympic sprinter Jared Connaughton announces retirement

P.E.I.’s noted sprinter Jared Connaughton, the Maritime record holder for the 100 and 200-metre event and a two-time Olympian, has announced his retirement in an exclusive interview with CBC News Friday.

'I’ve done all I can with the sport,' says the two-time Olympian.

Jared Connaughton, four-time national track and field champion, announced his retirement Friday.

P.E.I.’s noted sprinter Jared Connaughton, the Maritime record holder for the 100 and 200-metre event and a two-time Olympian, has announced his retirement in an exclusive interview with CBC News Friday.

I’ve done all I can with the sport and I’m very proud of what I’ve done- Jared Connaughton

“I’ve done all I can with the sport and I’m very proud of what I’ve done,” said Connaughton. “I’m very thankful for all the people who have been in my corner and I think we’ve all unanimously decided upon this decision and it’s time to move on.”

Connaughton, 29, a four-time Canadian national champion, made news in the 2012 Summer Olympics when he and his teammates in the 4x100 metre relay race were disqualified after he stepped on a lane line.

At the time, Islanders said Connaughton handled the Olympic defeat with grace. Team Canada would have scored a bronze medal.

Stepping on the line

“To step on the line and take that opportunity away to stand on the podium was devastating but I was never ashamed of it. I was never afraid of addressing it or confronting it, it was an honest athletic mistake and those things happen,” said Connaughton.

I was never afraid of addressing it or confronting it, it was an honest athletic mistake and those things happen- Jared Connaughton

He said other factors played into his decision as well. Connaughton is a newlywed and says he and his wife would like to start a family. He also mentioned that he has been having issues with ongoing injuries the past few seasons.

The two-time Olympian and former Olympic captain said he’s done what he set out to do.

At only five foot nine inches, the New Haven native says his success as a sprinter was unlikely. But Connaughton hopes the next phase of his life will go towards coaching other athletes to follow the same path.

“When it's time, and I feel it's time, it's good to move on.”