LONDON (AFP) — Britain’s Olympic cycling champion Rebecca Romero confirmed on Monday that she will not compete at the London 2012 Games next summer.
British Cycling said the 31-year-old double world champion, who claimed individual pursuit gold in Beijing four years ago, has left the Olympic Program.
“Having suffered several setbacks at crucial points, I believe I’m no longer on a pathway which will see me fulfill my Olympic ambition to win a second Olympic gold medal,” Romero said.
“I’m proud to have contributed to the cycling team’s great Olympic triumph in Beijing and I thank all the amazing people within British Cycling who were central to my success. I wish my current teammates every success in London next year.”
Former rower Romero is the only British woman to win Olympic medals in two different sports following her silver medal at the 2004 Games in Athens in the quadruple sculls. She was awarded an MBE in 2009 for her achievements.