Egypt’s pentathlon star retires at 24

At the 2012 Olympics, Medany came 12th, but despite that she remains one of Egypt’s most high-profile athletes. (AFP)

Egypt’s pentathlon Olympics icon Aya Medany is to retire after a 12-year career, local Egyptian media reported this week.

The five-time African champion is one of Egypt’s high-profile talents, winning the silver medal in the World Championships in Budapest in 2008 and several gold medals in other global competitions, Egypt Independent reported.

The 24-year-old made her Olympic debut in 2004 at Athens at the age of 15, as the youngest athlete in the Egyptian delegation.

At the 2012 Olympics, Medany came 12th, but despite that she remains one of Egypt’s most high-profile athletes.

It remains unclear why Medany took the decision to retire but Medany, the only elite pentathlete to compete wearing a hijab in 2012, voiced concerns during the tournament that she may have to quit because of the conflict between her religion and her sport.

"I might have to choose after London 2012. I might have to leave," she tells BBC Sport after this year's World Championships in Rome, where she finished 12th.
 

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