Chrissie to take a break

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FOUR-time world ironman champion Chrissie Wellington has announced she will be taking a break from the sport to explore other opportunities.

As revealed in the Free Press in November, the Bury St Edmunds-born 34-year-old has confirmed she will not be competing throughout 2012 and will therefore not be defending her crown at this year’s championships in Kona, Hawaii.

Wellington, from Feltwell in Norfolk, remains unbeaten over the ironman distance and despite smashing her own world record, which now stands at eight hours 33 minutes and 56 seconds, in April last year, has decided to focus on activities away from the sport.

Speaking to BBC earlier this week, former Thetford Dolphin Wellington explained the reasons behind her decision.

“I’m so incredibly happy and content with everything I’ve achieved,” she said.

“Looking forward I’ve realised there are so many opportunities inside and out of the sport that I want to seize.

“I want to be more actively involved with the charities I support. There might be some more media opportunities which I can’t specify at the moment. And I want to be in the country when the Olympics is on. Now it is in our country I would love to spectate, volunteer, do anything in and around the Olympics.”