Sweden's Carolina Kluft retiring

Updated: September 2, 2012, 3:14 PM ET
Associated Press

GOTEBORG, Sweden -- Former heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft helped Sweden win the 400-meter relay Sunday in a two-nation annual meet with Finland in what she has said will be her last competition in athletics.

Kluft, 29, ran the third leg of the relay. She cried when she was celebrated by her Sweden teammates and fans at Goteborg's Ullevi stadium, saying "it's sad, wonderful, somber, fantastically fun, and also nice."

Kluft dominated the heptathlon for half a decade, winning three world titles and an Olympic gold medal before switching to long jump in 2008.

She struggled with injuries and missed the London Olympics, which she had hoped would be her last major event.


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