Celebrated Kenyan marathon (women only) record holder Mary Keitany has today Wednesday 22nd September announced her retirement from the running career. This is due to a back injury she sustained back in 2019.
The 39-year-old disclosed that the pandemic-related travel restrictions are the reasons that have stopped her from travelling to Europe to get treatment on the injury.
In an official statement, Mary Keitany revealed the following, "Every time I thought I had got over the injury and started training hard, it became a problem again,” Keitany said. “So now is the time to say goodbye — if only as an elite runner — to the sport I love so much.
After my successful 2019, when I had some good results including second place in New York, I was hopeful that I could still be very competitive internationally for several more years even though I am in my late 30s.
However, I'm sad to say, a back injury that I suffered in late 2019 made a decision about my retirement for me."
She added that she has no specific plans for the future and she is looking forward to spending more time with her family.
In her 14 years running career, Mary Keitany has achieved the following;
1. World Half Marathon title (2009)
2. World half marathon team title
3. 4 New York Marathon titles (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)
4. 3 London Marathon titles (2011, 2012, 2017)
5. Women's Only marathon World record.
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