Burton confirms retirement - after career high in Glasgow

27 July 2014 / 19:58

Euan Burton claimed he had no regrets after bringing the curtain down on his career with a Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow.

The two-time Olympian led Scotland into the opening ceremony and he led from the front to win -100kg judo gold too - a fitting end to a stellar career.

And after his disappointment at the Olympics - almost two years to the day ago - it was a fitting end to a stellar career.

"The emotion was relief for me more than anything,” he said 

"Soon it will start to become a bit of pride and excitement, but it’s still relief at the moment. This doesn’t make up for London, I’ve worked my whole life to try and be Olympic champion, and I fell short of it in both Olympic Games I made.

“It’s been a home games and we’ve performed fantastically well. The excitement was building all the way up to the tournament, being flagbearer was such an honour, I suppose it puts a little bit more pressure on you. I’m done and dusted – I’ll never fight in another competitive fight.

"So that's me hanging up my kit now. I've been coaching predominantly for the past two years since London. I've only been a part-time athlete and I only started living again as a full-time athlete again over the last week, having my mid-afternoon naps.

"So from today onwards I am a coach and hopefully helping these guys to go to bigger and better things in the future." 

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