German pro Faris Al-Sultan has retired from top-flight triathlon after 18 years in the sport, calling it a day after dropping out from Ironman Texas last weekend with pain in his hamstrings.

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Speaking to commentator Bob Babbitt’s Babbittville Radio, Al-Sultan said he’s been “struggling more with the injuries than actually training.”

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He added: “The most important thing is your brain – if you’re mentally no longer there to really be there 100 percent, then it’s hard. Yesterday I realised that, ‘OK, I’ve had so many bad races, and I can’t stand having one more bad race.’”