Sasuke wrote:Strange retirement the one of Ruth Beitia. She is not that old (33 years) and is still jumping well (she was almost over 2.03 at the olympic games and cleared 2.00 metres twice this year). She is still among the best high jumpers of the world (still capable of clearing a personal record) so I wonder why she decided to retire.
a. to get on with 'the rest of her life' b. training to stay that good is very arduous and time-consuming c. to pursue other dreams (see a.), perhaps to be more fully involved as a parent (or to become one) d. to actually make enough money to live on e. tired of peeing in a cup for other people's purpose. f. feels she has fully explored her athletic identity g. has been accumulating niggling injuries that never fully go away h. wants to start eating desserts again
that's the first several of 100s.
Makes you wonder what keeps people like Joanne Dow, Teresa Vail, and Merlene Ottey involved!!
Danny McFarlane officially retired in October at 40 years old, after becoming the first 40something to ever run sub-50 in the 400m hurdles (49.69 to be exact). If I remember correctly, no other M40 has even run sub-52.
Anthony Treacher wrote:Why retire? Relax. Compete in masters athletics. Enjoy yourself. Keep your waistline forever.
"Retirement" only means retirement from the elite level. Many will indeed move on to the masters circuit or enter the local 5K, 10K, marathons or triathlons. Or other sports entirely like recreational basketball leagues or powerlifting.
tandfman wrote:I've just read that ex-NCAA and European Champion Ineta Radevica has retired.
She obviously feels it's time to retire but last three years were probably the best years in her career, great championships performer. I thought there was more to come... Hopefully (speaking of Latvians) Stanislavs Olijars will be back.
tandfman wrote:It's been reported that 2009 World 800 champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has retired.
Are you sure? He raced less than a month ago in New York, and he clocked a not-so-bad 1.47 in a slow race, and you have to consider that he faded on the final 100 metres so... he could surely manage to run at least a 1.45 in the next weeks...
He hasn't had a good year since 2010 when he ran 1:43.29 in Monaco. 2011 SB 1:45.50 in Rome (did not compete again after June 30) 2012 SB 1:45.78 in Port Elizabeth (did not compete again after April 20) 2013 SB 1:47.46 NYC
No OG or WC appearances since winning the 2009 WC.
1) She will retire this year 2) She would have liked to start in Moskau, but the federation insisted on her starting at the National Championships. She went for a last payday in Paris instead 3) During her career she was beaten by athletes who later tested positive 13 (!) times. She was screwed out of medals by cheats twice.