The Canadian indoor 1,500m record-holder and Pan Am silver medallist, Nicole Sifuentes has decided at 32 to hang up her spikes

Two-time Olympian and Canadian indoor 1,500m record-holder Nicole Sifuentes, 32, originally of Winnipeg, Man., has announced her retirement from the sport of track and field. Written by Nicole Sifuentes, I wonder sometimes how running became my job. As a child I didn’t have any aspirations to be an athlete. Sifuentes won gold in the U23 championships at NACAC in 2008. She went on to take silver at the 2010 Continental Cup, silver at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, silver at the 2015 Pan Am Games, as well as representing Canada at the 2012 Olympics in London and 2016 in Rio. Sifuentes made it to the semi-finals at both Olympics. Her lifetime best is 4:03.97. Last year, the Saucony-sponsored athlete won the B.A.A. Invitational Mile in Boston, breaking the course record in 4:33.7. This year, she won it again. Her last national team was at NACAC in Toronto this summer, where she finished 5th, and her last race was the Fifth Avenue Mile on September 9th. She finished ninth. Coached by Mike McGuire at the University of Michigan, Sifuentes also met her husband Antonio in Ann Arbor.This year, Sifuentes wrote in a recent blog post looking back on her career, she realized the fire was gone, and that it was time to hang up her spikes.

posted Wednesday October 17th