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Former world marathon record holder Makau retires

IANS  |  Nairobi 

Former marathon world record holder Patrick of on Thursday announced his retirement from and will instead focus his energies on coaching younger athletes.

Makau, 33, has lost his fight to gain fitness after persistent patella-tendon injury, forced him off training and competition since 2017. With doctors warning against him running, has opted to throw in the towel, reports

"With age catching up, with persistent patella-tendon due to which I was forced to cancel competitions in 2017 for both and marathons, I know this is the right time to say it is enough," said here.

The two time marathon champion is credited for reclaiming the world marathon record from the grip of Ethiopian Haile Gebreselassie in 2011 when he clocked 2:03:38 eclipsing the Ethiopian's time of 2:03:59.

Gebreselassie had beaten Paul Tergat's record of 2:04:54 set in 2004. improved Makau's record after two years to 2:03:23, but that has also been shuttered to 2:02:57 by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, which is the current record.

"I have had a wonderful career as an My life is defined by athletics, what I have today is because of the sport I love. has literally changed me, allowing me to grow and to make positive impact on lives of my family and our community," said Makau, the 2007 World Half Marathon champion.

"For this I am truly grateful." However, Makau will not be taking a long walk away from completely.

To remain busy, he intends to help guide a new generation of young distance runners realise their dreams and develop their careers, especially from the southern part of where he comes from.

"I want to some athletes who have no guides. I want to continue giving back to the community," he said.

His biggest regret however is his failure to make the for team to in despite him being the world record holder at the time.

"I missed after failing to complete at the Marathon in 2012 because of I went to knowing I was already in the team for I therefore didn't push myself to finish the marathon. I had a wild card by selectors before they had a change of heart," said Makau.

Makau has run in over 20 marathons, he has finished at least 11 ever since he debut in in 2008.



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First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 21:54 IST