Marathon world record holder Keitany announces retirement

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 24 2021
Sports Marathon world record holder Keitany announces retirement

Kenya’s Mary Keitany, the world record holder for a women-only marathon, announced her retirement on Wednesday at the age of 39 due to a back injury. Keitany set the record in her third London Marathon win in 2017, finishing in a time of two hours 17 minutes and one second. Her compatriot Brigid Kosgei and Briton Paula Radcliffe are the only two women to have run a marathon quicker, having done so in mixed gender races. 

Keitany said the COVID-19 pandemic had denied her the chance to receive treatment for a back injury sustained in 2019. “I’m sad to say, a back injury that I suffered in late 2019 made a decision about my retirement for me,” Keitany said in a statement. “I couldn’t get the treatment I wanted in Europe because of the pandemic-related travel restrictions last year and every time I thought I had got over the injury and started training hard, it became a problem again. “So now is the time to say goodbye - if only as an elite runner - to the sport I love so much.” 

(Reuters)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 24 2021

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