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‘I’m done’: Australian basketball legend Lauren Jackson confirms retirement after Opals qualify for Paris Olympics

Australian basketball legend Lauren Jackson has confirmed she will not join the Opals in Paris this year, officially announcing her retirement from international basketball.

The 42-year-old made the announcement following Australia’s 85-52 victory over Germany in Belem on Sunday AEDT, which ensured the Opals qualified for the upcoming Olympic Games in France.

“I’m done … I love Brazil, Brazil has been very good to me,” Jackson said after the win.

“How fitting that I get to finish my national career with Australia in Brazil. It’s very special.”

Jackson, arguably Australia’s greatest basketballer, was a member of the Opals squad during the triumphant 2006 World Cup campaign in Brazil, also winning four Olympic medals throughout her illustrious career.

She initially retired from the Opals in 2016 before making a stunning comeback ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Australia.

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Lauren Jackson of the Flyers. Photo by Matt King/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Early last year, a torn Achilles threatened to end Jackson’s career, but the New South Wales product returned ahead of the ongoing FIBA qualifiers tournament in Brazil, selected in a 20-player squad for the crucial tournament.

Jackson scored nine points after coming off the bench in the first quarter of Sunday’s victory over Germany, helping the Opals qualify for the Olympics for a tenth time.

“When I say this has been a privilege, I mean it,” Jackson later wrote on Instagram.

“I love these girls so much.”

Australia’s final match of the qualifying tournament will be against Serbia on Monday morning.