Injuries force 2013 U18 World Champion, Youth Olympic gold medalist, Martin Manley, into retirement

By May 21, 2021

Frustrated by recurring injuries that have stifled his ambition and cut his progress off at the knees, 2013 World U18 Champion Martin Manley has opted for retirement at the age of 24.

The former St Jago High School star athlete won the 400 title at the 2013 World U18 Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine in 45.89. He won another gold medal as a member of Jamaica’s medley relay team that clocked 1:49.23.

Just over a year later, he ran 46.31 to win gold in the 400m at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.

However, injuries have prevented Manley from fulfilling his potential and following in the footsteps of his former coach Bertland Cameron and others like Gregory Haughton, Davian Clarke and indeed the icons of the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, Herb McKenley and George Rhoden.

“Today is a difficult day for me, but it is also a day of reflection and gratitude. Representing my country, Jamaica has been a tremendous honour. During my nine years as a track and field athlete, I’ve always pursued success while preparing and training with the highest standards of competition, perseverance and passion,” Manley posted on Instagram on Thursday evening.

“With much sadness but without regret, I realize that due to recurring injuries, I am no longer able to train and perform at the level track and field demands. I say this with a heavy heart. I am retiring from track and field.

“This decision was tough, and although I know this will not bring me happiness, I believe it is the right action to take at this time in my life. I cherished every moment of my track and field career and it has been such a blessing to represent my country. I anxiously look forward to the next chapter of my life but this time with the sole focus of developing my new career path.”

Manley showed glimpses of what was possible when as a member of Jamaica’s 4x400m relay team at the World U20 Championships that won a bronze medal in 3:04.47.

He was also a member of Jamaica’s 4x400m team that won the bronze medal in the 4x400m relay at the World Relays in the Bahamas in April 2017.

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