Kenyan marathon runner Mary Keitany announced her retirement on Sept. 22 at the age of 39 due to a back injury.
“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, ending her 10-year career in professional running.
Keitany added that she could not receive treatment for her injury in Europe due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
“Every time I thought I had got over the injury and started training hard, it became a problem again,” Keitany said.
Keitany is one of Kenya’s most successful marathon runners.
Keitany set a world record for a women-only marathon with a time of two hours, 17 minutes, and one second at the London Marathon in 2017.
Keitany also won the London Marathon three times and won the New York Marathon four times.
Keitany’s first global success came when she won an individual silver and team gold at the World Half Marathon Championships in 2007, then won the world half marathon title in Birmingham, England the following year.
Keitany also set a world record at the 2011 RAK Half Marathon in the United Arab Emirates until Florence Kiplagat broke it at a race in Barcelona.
Keitany also competed in the London 2012 Olympics where she placed fourth.
“I believe I have had a success of my career and this is the best decision I have made,” Keitany told AFP News.
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