One more retires, end for Sainjargal
One of the hardest decision in sport career when you need to stop doing what you've did all of your career. Some of them know when it's right time to stop, while some of them can't face that they past their best. Yes, retirement, the hardest decision for any athlete but also not the very best moment for fans.
Rio Olympics brought us several big retirements, Ilias Iliadis (GRE), Lupo Paischer (AUT), Kayla Harrison (USA), Anicka van Emden (NED), Haruna Asami (JPN). In 2015 Ugo Legrand of France decided to say goodbye to judo in his 26. After comeback in U66kg division, Khashbaatar retired after Worlds in Astana, and today, his compatriot and teammate Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal decided to retire from competitive judo.
30-year old Mongolian Sainjargal won bronze at the 2012 London Games, next to the earlier mentioned Legrand. Sainjargal who fought in U73kg category since his first international debut in 2005 also won bronze medal, but at the last World Championships held in Astana.
Sainjargal's retirement was announced by Mongolian judo federation: "One of the legends, national judo star Sainjargal NYAM-OCHIR has announced that he is ending his athlete career. Today (16th Jan, 2017), National Judo championship will begin and Nyam-Ochir will officially announce that he is retiring from Judo. He was very successful judoka in our team with olympic bronze medal from London, bronze medal from Astana WC, Asian champion, Grand slam, Masters winner etc, he has got medal collection from every competition. Behalf of the fans we are wishing him very best and successful upcoming years. Thank you for everything you have done to #judomongolia"
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