Back to back Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton and wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who claimed Bronze in heptathlon at the Rio Olympics, both retired at the age of 28 today.
The Canadian and US multi-discipline husband-and-wife team could often be seen roaring each other on at trackside during competition. But have both hung up their spikes, shot puts and javelins.
Eaton won gold for Team USA in the decathlon at London 2012 before retaining his title in Rio last August. He also won world championship gold in Moscow in 2013 and in Beijing in 2015.
Only two other men have won back-to-back Olympic golds in the discipline, with Eaton following in the footsteps of his compatriot Bob Mathias (1948, 1952) and Britain’s Daley Thompson (1980, 1984).
Theisen-Eaton, winner of the women’s pentathlon gold medal at the World Indoor Championships in Portland last March, said she realised immediately after her bronze medal in Rio that she was ready to quit the sport.