LONDON United Kingdom (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Mary Keitany, the second fastest woman
of all time, said here on Wednesday that a new marathon world record
could be on the cards at the 2017 London Marathon to be held on
“I’ve trained enough,” Keitany said. “I’m ready to race on Sunday.”
The 35-year-old said the women only marathon world record of
2:17:42, set by Paula Radcliffe at the 2005 London Marathon, is
within her sights as her fellow Kenyans Florence Kiplagat and Vivian
Cheruyiot work together with her at this year’s race.
“If the weather is fine for us, and we cooperate, I think we will
run a great time,” said Keitany. “Cooperation means working with the
pacemakers, and if we make sure that one person doesn’ t go it
alone, we will run well.”
Kiplagat, who has finished second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth on
her five previous appearances, has set her sight on the title.
“I’m not happy with my finish positions here in London. I want to
Kiplagat had an excellent end to 2016, winning the Chicago Marathon
in October, and has been running 200km a week in training to prepare
for her sixth London Marathon.
Other medal contenders are three medallists from last year’s race,
three previous London champions and the winners of last year’s World
Marathon Majors races in Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago and New York City.