Marathon Great Felix Limo Retires

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 11, 2013
Nine years ago, Felix Limo was one of the fastest marathoners in the world. Photo: IAAF

He also had held the world record for 15K.

For more than a decade, Kenyan runner Felix Limo was a serious force to be reckoned with on the world stage. After all, in 2004, Limo, ran the fastest marathon in the world that year. He also set a new world record for 15K on the roads.

But now the 32-year-old Limo has decided to hang up his flats and retire.

His decision was influenced by his struggles with injury.

“At the end of last year, I had some tough decisions to make. I had some back problems which meant I could not train as well as I would have liked, which lead to me dropping out of the Toronto Marathon last October,” Limo said.

“In fact, I have had back problems for a number of years. They have never been serious but were the reason why I also dropped out of the Chicago Marathon in 2007 and they have become a little worse in recent years.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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