World Record Holder Mary Keitany Retires

World record holder for the women’s-only marathon at the 2017 London Marathon, Mary Keitany has announced her retirement.

The 39-year-old marathoner bid farewell to the sport, posting;

“A long Journey finished. Really proud for what I have done and for your support all around the world, and during all races. Thank You. A new chapter of my life starts,” she wrote on her Instagram page

A Back Injury Prompts Mary Keitany’s Retirement

The Four-time New York Marathon champion Mary Keitany has dealt with a nagging back injury since 2019.

“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, however, I’m sad to say, I suffered a back injury in late 2019 and I couldn’t get the treatment I wanted in Europe because of the pandemic-related travel restrictions,” Kentany said In a statement to World Athletics.

Mary Keitany’s Career

Mary Keitany is one of the best marathoner’s.

She’s the third-fastest marathoner of all time behind Brigid Kosgei and Paula Radcliffe.

Keitany rose to the elite scene in 2007 when she won silver and team gold at the World Half Marathon Championships.

In 2009 she won gold in the 2009 World Half Marathon Championships.

Keitany has won four New York Marathons and finished on the podium eight times.

She also holds the course record at the Ottawa Race Weekend 10K, running 31:21 back in 2014.

“As for the future, I haven’t fully decided on my plans but I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family,” said Keitany.