TOKYO - Japanese marathon runner Keizo Yamada has hung up his sneakers at the grand old age of 81 - although he could be tempted back to run the odd half marathon.
Yamada, who represented Japan at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and won the Boston Marathon the following year, said the time was right for him to "scale back" on his running.
"I'm not getting any younger, so I won't run any more 42km races," he told a Hochi newspaper, adding that he still jogs 20km daily.
Dubbed "Iron Man", Yamada ran three marathons this year, including his 19th appearance in Boston.
He completed the Tokyo Marathon in a time of five hours, 34 minutes and 50 seconds. - Reuter