On turning 43, Marino Vanhoenacker has announced his retirement from professional triathlon after 24 years of competition at the highest level.
This posted yesterday on their social networks:
"The end. Starting today, I finish my competitive triathlon career. The end of a whole in all the wonderful 24 years of racing.
Thank you so much to family, friends, fans, sponsors, raceorganizers, fellow athletes, volunteers…. that made it all possible.
A special thanks to topsportbelgiandefence for the support of 16 years.
Finally jirte & Elke, thank you very much for supporting us in this crazy adventure around the world that was, we are a great sports family, I love you"
17 Victory in IRONMAN and the third best time in history
He started competing in 1997 and has managed 17 wins IRONMAN among which are the 7 from IRONMAN Austria, the runner-up of the World in Kona in 2010 or the subchampionship ITU LD in 2005.
In 2011 Marino got his best time in an IRONMAN with a time of 7: 45: 49 in Austria, Being the third best time in history in IRONMAN.
From Triathlon News we wish you the best in your new stage.