Jairo Ruiz, the outstanding triathlete from Almería and Paralympic medalist, has declared that the current season will be the last in his distinguished career as a professional athlete.
Ruiz, who was awarded the bronze at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games or with a diploma in Tokyo 2020, has decided that the World Cup in Malaga, scheduled for October, will mark his final farewell to elite competitions.
With a career that spans more than a decade at the pinnacle of international Paralympic triathlon, Ruiz has become a fundamental pillar for Spanish sport, achieving the first medal for Spain in this discipline during the Rio games.
His decision to retire transcends the results of the current season and potential participation in the next Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
In his own words, Ruiz seeks to enjoy this year from beginning to end, celebrating a career full of successes and unforgettable moments.
The choice of Malaga as the setting for its latest competition is not coincidental; The Paralympic Triathlon World Championship and the grand final of the elite World Series converge in a city that Ruiz considers ideal to hang his trisuit.
The athlete from Almería has expressed his desire to be called up for this event, eager to experience one last race that promises to be exciting.
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Throughout his career, Ruiz has accumulated victories in several World Cups, seven Spanish championships in his category, three European runners-up, and one world runner-up, establishing himself as one of the most successful and respected figures in Spanish triathlon.
His legacy, however, transcends trophies and medals; He has been a source of inspiration and leadership for his teammates and the Spanish Triathlon Federation (FETRI), contributing significantly to the development and success of the national team in the international arena.