Chris O’Hare retires after successful career with Scottish records and three European medals


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Family moment as Chris celebrates silver at the Glasgow 2019 European Indoors with his parents Gillian and Terry (Photo by Bobby Gavin)

Chris O’Hare announced his retirement as a professional athlete.

The Scottish top, who has been based in the United States for several years now, made his announcement on social media.

Chris has been a superb ambassador for athletics in Scotland since his early years rising through the ranks at Edinburgh AC to represent Scotland at two Commonwealth Games and GB and NI on several occasions. He was an Olympian in 2016 in Rio.

The 31-year-old has won important medals at British level and the highlights are said to be three medals at the European Championships.

Chris won bronze in the 1500m in Zurich at the Euro Champs 2014, then bronze again a few months later at the European Indoors 2015 in Prague.

Chris celebrates silver at the Glasgow 2019 European Indoors (Photo by Bobby Gavin)

But without a doubt, the crowning achievement was a superb race for silver in the 3,000m at the Glasgow 2019 European Indoors in front of a home crowd in Glasgow – won with a generally strong run and a complete finish as he plunged across the line.

Chris was also very much at the forefront as our elite athletes began to reach greater heights – to people like Eilidh Doyle, Lynsey Sharp and Eilish McColgan.

And he played a huge role in improving Scotland’s 1,500m record, effectively paving the way for Jake wightman then Josh Kerr.

Happy to be settled in the United States with his wife Meredith and two children, Chris said in a statement:

“Retirement is never an easy decision for an athlete to make, but I’m relieved to say that while I will miss everything about training and running, I’m happy to be a retired athlete.” , did he declare.

“A big thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my career.”

All to Scottishathletics and through athletics in Scotland send our warm thoughts and best wishes to Chris and his family, thanking them for their tremendous contribution over two decades.

Chris was the British Champion in Birmingham en route to the World Championships in London 2017 (Photo by Chris Lee – British Athletics / Getty Images).

And he again won gold in the men’s 1,500m at the British Champs a year later in 2018 (photo by Mark Shearman).

Chris O’Hare, Glasgow 2019, Prague, Rio, Zurich


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