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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Two-time Olympic 400-meter hurdles gold medalist Felix Sanchez has announced his retirement at the age 38 and will not compete in the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.
Sanchez was born in the United States but his parents were Dominican and he decided to compete in the Olympics for the Dominican Republic. He won 43 straight 400-meter hurdles races between 2001 and 2004. He took home gold medals in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2012 games in London.
He announced his retirement Tuesday in a video press conference.
"My son was born just a few months ago and he needs me in these moments," Sanchez said.
The hurdler known as "Super Sanchez" said that he will be an announcer with ESPN during the Rio games.