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Brazilian Marathon Runner de Lima Announces Retirement
    2008-12-05 08:50:22     Xinhua
Brazilian marathon star Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima has called a halt to his stellar career on Thursday, announcing he will retire by the end of the year.

"My career as a professional athlete is ending. I am happy for having lived through these years of glory. I will retire on Dec. 31, the last day of the year," he told TV Globo on Thursday.

De Lima, 38, is the two-time champion of the Pan American marathon.

De Lima was famously attacked by a spectator while leading the marathon at the 2004 Olympics in Athens but went on to win the bronze medal. For his sportsmanship, he was awarded with the Pierre de Coubertin Medal by the International Olympic Committee.
 
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