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Simon Biwott (KEN) retires as international marathon runner.

Best time of 2:06:49 - 29th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON 2002

2005-01-03

Kenyan top-marathoner Simon Biwott has decided to retire from international running. A persistent back-injury, which hampered him for the last two years, has stopped him from competing at high level.

By just one second

The 34 year old started international running at the age of 27 and got fame by winning a silver medal at the 2001 World Championships. At these championships Biwott directed his opponent, Olympic Champion Abera (ETH) who took a wrong turn, in the right direction just a few hundred metres before the finish line. A little later to loose the sprint finish to Abera by just one second.

Won 6 out of the 15 marathons
In his career Simon Biwott won 6 out of the 15 marathons he ran. He won international marathons in Cancun 1998, Mexico-City 1998, BERLIN-MARATHON 2000, Milan 2000, Paris 2001 and Rotterdam 2002 and set his personal best time of 2:06:49, finishing 2nd in BERLIN 2002.

Invested in the construction of a school
Now that Biwott has decided to retire from international running, he has invested in the construction of a school in his hometown Eldoret. In the near future, this private school named "Livingstone", will accommodate 160 pupils at primary level. Biwotts new challenge is making his school the best one in the Eldoret region.

"Running has given me a lot"
Biwott:"Running has given me a lot. I am gratefull to all the organisers, sponsors and journalists who have made my stay in the running-scene a pleasant one. I will always be available to assist young athletes with the first steps in their careers and through them, I will stay connected to the world of marathon running".


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