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.
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.
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.
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.