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Anderson hangs up his spikes

Published:Friday | October 23, 2015 | 10:11 AM
Marvin Anderson

 

Sprinter Marvin Anderson has announced his retirement from professional athletics.

The 33-year-old 200 metres specialist has been competing internationally for the past 15 years and ends his career with personal best times of 10.11 seconds (100m) and 20.06 (200m).

Anderson won a silver medal in the 4x100 metres at the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka combining with Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter and a young Usain Bolt. Individually he placed sixth in the 200m final in Osaka and took silver in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro the same year.

"I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout my athletics career, it would not have been possible without your support. Although many would've liked to see me continue competing and try to participate in the Rio Olympic Games, I must say it feels right to start a new chapter in life and I'm extremely blessed to be doing so knowing that I'm in a good place. Track and field has given me so much, I now look forward to giving back to this sport. Thank you all," Anderson said in a release from PACE Sports Management.

Anderson who was born in Trelawny, first came to prominence as a schoolboy at William Knibb High School and finished sixth in the 200m at the 2000 IAAF World Junior Championships in Chile.

Competing for St. Jago High, he won the 100m and 200m at the 2001 Boys Championships.

The Bert Cameron-coached athlete who competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and 2011 World Championships in Daegu has been dogged by injury problems in recent years.

Anderson who holds a Masters Degree in marketing and management is a regular athletics commentator on radio and television.