There’s no sorrier sight in sport than the player who waited too long to quit. Sometimes hanging in there to achieve a record, like Kapil Dev, can sour earlier memories of unqualified genius. Yet, why do some quit when their prodigious abilities seem clearly intact?
Sohail Abbas Penalty corner super specialist and scorer of a world-record 274 international goals quit hockey this month, at the top of his game.
Bjorn Borg His tennis career was effectively over at 25, when he lost the no. 1 ranking to John McEnroe. A loss of that intense will to win?
Florence Griffith Joyner Bulked up massively, annihilated the 100 & 200m running records, promptly quit athletics, died at 39. Did she quit to...