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German track rider Fulst to retire

Double Olympic gold medal winner Guido Fulst announced his retirement from the German national track team on Monday. His decision was not based on athletic grounds, but because he has accepted a job offer which will allow him to start a new career. "Even if it's not always easy with my 37 years to keep motivating myself, this decision was anything but easy," he told the dpa press agency. "But with my age, I simply must take advantage of this opportunity."

Fulst will stop riding after the Berlin six-day race in January. He had been pre-selected for the track team for the 2008 Olympics.

Fulst has participated in 16 world championships and four Olympic Games. He won four world championships and two Olympic gold medals, in 1992 and 2000.

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