POTSDAM, Germany, October 12. THE retirement bug has evidently hit Germany, as Jana Henke has announced her decision to leave the competitive ranks. Henke’s decision follows the retirement of Hannah Stockbauer, a five-time world champion in the distance-freestyle events. While Stockbauer is only a 23-year-old, Henke is 32.
Henke earned a pair of bronze medals at the World Championships during her career, taking third in the 800 freestyle in 1991 and third in the 1,500 free in 2003. Henke also earned a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Henke finished seventh in the 800 free with a time of 8:33.95. Her best in the event is 8:23.83.
"I didn’t want to torment myself any longer. I had no more desire,” Henke said. “There must be an end. It became time to take my life into my own hands.”