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Michelle Dillon announces her retirement
Posted by: Annie Emmerson
Posted on: Thursday 20th November 2008


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Following an injury plagued season in 2007 and 2008, Michelle Dillon, one of Great Britain's leading female triathletes for the last decade, has decided to retire from top level competition. Sarah Murphy, Michelle's agent, sent us this announcement this morning.


Michelle Dillon came from an international running background, and by the age of just 21 was already showing great potential when she was selected by Australia to race at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Dillon’s personal best time was 31.40 for the 10,000m, but sadly she was forced to hang up her shoes a short time later after suffering from several stress fractures - which would keep her from reaching her potential as a World Class runner.

Michelle took up Duathlon in 1997 and won a Silver medal at the World Championships in only her second attempt at her new sport. A short time after she decided to give triathlon a go, and by 1998 she had won the European cup series in her debut year. The success continued and Dillon won her first World Cup race in Noosa in 1999. The following year she made the British Olympic Team for the Sydney 2000 Games and the rest, as they say, is history!

After several years of an injury plagued career with back problems, Dillon underwent a serious back surgery of a double level fusion of her spine. She is now recovering well, but has decided enough is enough and it's time to hang up her shoes. MIchelle says, "It is tough to hang up your shoes when you aren’t ready to do it. I felt like I was getting stronger each year and really wanted to continue as I felt like I'd never really got to reach my potential, because I was always dealing with some sort of injury. On a positive note, I do have some great memories of racing around the world, I'm also really enjoying coaching, and working in my own business so I'm still very much involved in the sport."

Michelle's career hightlights:

  • 1994 Commonwealth Games 10,000m
  • 1997, 2001, and 2007 Silver Medal World Duathlon Championships
  • 1999 1st place Noosa World Cup triathlon
  • 2000 Olympic Games Sydney
  • 2001 Gold Medal European triathlon Championships
  • 2002 Bronze Medal World triathlon Championships
  • 2002 1st place The London Triathlon
  • 2003 1st British Triathlon Championships
  • 2004 1st place Salford World Cup triathlon
  • 2004 6th place Olympic Games Athens (best British result at an Olympic Games by a man or woman to date)
  • 2005 1st place British duathlon Championships
  • 2005 Gold Medal World duathlon Championships
  • 2007 1st place The London Triathlon

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