The retirement thread


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Re: The retirement thread

Postby tandfman » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:42 am

I've just read that pole vaulter Monika Pyrek, winner of 2 World Championships silver medals, has retired.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby tandfman » Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:21 am

It's been reported that 2009 World 800 champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has retired.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Sasuke » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:08 am

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...
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby br » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:00 pm

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.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Sasuke » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:13 pm

Last year he had some decent races in his home country before getting injured... he probably didn't manage to solve them completely.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby croflash » Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:18 pm

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Re: The retirement thread

Postby ATK » Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:24 am

Seems that Lauryn Williams is on the road to retirement.

http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/250797 ... s-from-100
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Flumpy » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:21 am

Marlon Devonish retired yesterday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/athletics/23017489
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Sasuke » Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:35 am

I think Nadine Kleinert has lately retired; she is 38 and not going to compete in Moscow in spite of a decent season best of 18.80... maybe some germans know something more.

http://www.spiegel.de/sport/sonst/klein ... 14238.html

Translators don't work very well... does this say something more (in addition to the doping talk)?
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Atanvarno » Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:08 am

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.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby LopenUupunut » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:45 am

Olli-Pekka Karjalainen is retiring. He's been fighting back injuries for years and barely competed this summer so it isn't really surprising.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby nevetsllim » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:15 am

I read earlier Kaniskina and Borzakovskiy have both retired but subsequent articles deny the latter's retirement...
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Per Andersen » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:50 pm

LopenUupunut wrote:Olli-Pekka Karjalainen is retiring. He's been fighting back injuries for years and barely competed this summer so it isn't really surprising.

I was wondering about him but you still got Nikkanen and Siitonen :)
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby zidan » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:44 am

I believe Doc Patton has finally hang 'em up too....great ambassador, with a lot of heart.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby 26mi235 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:13 pm

zidan wrote:I believe Doc Patton has finally hang 'em up too....great ambassador, with a lot of heart.


Maybe not quite, did I see he might also look into the ice sleds?
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby ATK » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:57 am

26mi235 wrote:
zidan wrote:I believe Doc Patton has finally hang 'em up too....great ambassador, with a lot of heart.


Maybe not quite, did I see he might also look into the ice sleds?

he did say if the they called he would consider it.

But is this the new fad now? since when did bobsledding become the norm for off-season/retired track athletes?
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby gh » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:04 am

ATK wrote:...
But is this the new fad now? since when did bobsledding become the norm for off-season/retired track athletes?


Not the PC answer, but "as soon as sprinters discovered it was a sport dominated by slow white guys and there was Olympic glory there for the asking"
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby booond » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:13 am

I believe Eastern European countries often used track athletes as pushers.

Herschel Walker might have been the first non-bobsledder to do it in this country. I'm sure there is an equation to size, strength and speed which separates good pushers from bad and track sprinters and football players would fit that equation.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby exdrake » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:12 am

Vague recollection...wanta say Wille Davenport may have started it? Feel free to point out how wrong I may be.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby booond » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:26 am

exdrake wrote:Vague recollection...wanta say Wille Davenport may have started it? Feel free to point out how wrong I may be.


You're right. Forgot about Willie Also forgot he'd died. Got his autograph when I was a kid after an indoor meet in Boston.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby TN1965 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:50 pm

"Rudisha walks away: Olympics 800m champ takes long leave from athletics"

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/a ... thletics#/
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Marlow » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:34 pm

TN1965 wrote:"Rudisha walks away: Olympics 800m champ takes long leave from athletics"

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/a ... thletics#/


April Fools (a day early) !
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby berkeley » Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:48 am

Marlow wrote:
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.

I guess that decision was revisited - she won a medal in Sopot. BTW - 33 is pretty old for a high jumper (she turns 35 today). I can think of very few who are still world class at that age. Now that I've said that, I'm sure folks will start naming some, starting with the 35 year old world record holders, who are indeed world class. Nevertheless, they are relatively few.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Flumpy » Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:12 am

Not just Sopot but also Bronze in Moscow and Gold in Gothenburg.

I think she made the right decision :D
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Sasuke » Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:30 am

Yep, and I heard she said she wanted to continue untill her body can handle such results.
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby gh » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:22 am

Marlow wrote:
TN1965 wrote:"Rudisha walks away: Olympics 800m champ takes long leave from athletics"

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/a ... thletics#/


April Fools (a day early) !


I must say, having the mainstream Kenyan media concoct such a thing really surprises me. But I like it!
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Re: The retirement thread

Postby norunner » Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:26 am

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Re: The retirement thread

Postby Sasuke » Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:55 am

It's a tough but unavoidable decision, I fear. It has been a long time (2010) since he had a good season (and even there he NHed in many competitions). Last year he jumped a few times and had very bad results (<5.40) so I think it's time to hang the spikes up.
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