Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
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Olympics: Kayak great Idem to retire after London 5th-place

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(ANSA) - London, August 9 - Italian kayak canoeing great
Josefa Idem said she was retiring on Thursday after finishing
fifth in the final of the women's K1 500m singles event at the
London Olympics at the age of 47.
"I'm sorry because this was my last race, but I'm also
happy because I came so close to the podium," the German-born
athlete, who was taking part in her 10th Olympic final spread
over eight Games, told Sky television.
"That's enough now. My dream is to be in Rio (for the 2016
Olympics) to talk about other people's achievements".
Idem's tally of five Olympic medals includes the gold she
won in Sydney in 2000.
She competed at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics for West Germany
before switching to race for her adopted homeland after marrying
her Italian coach Guglielmo Guerrini.

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