By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua)
-- Reigning champion Mary
Keitany from Kenya will be putting her reputation and
crown on the line when she lines up for this year’s New
York Marathon on Nov. 5.
opted out of the World Marathon Championships team to
London in August to focus on the Big Apple race, will be
eying some fast time to kill off any mutiny to her
dominance over the 42km distance.
like running fast and going back to New York excites me.
It is a city I have competed in severally and I will
like it if I can win once more,” she said on Thursday in
the fastest in the women’s race with her 2:17:01
clocking from the London Marathon in April but she will
face strong opposition from former world champions Edna
Kiplagat (2:19:50) and Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba (2:19:52)
and former London Marathon winner Tigist Tufa (2:21:52).
entrants include France’s Christelle Daunay (2:24:22)
and Portugal’s Jessica Augusto (2:24:33) while Kenya’s
Betsy Saina is set to make her debut.
has won the New York Marathon each of the last three
years, including a dominating performance last year in
which she surged ahead at 18km to finish the course on a
solo run in 2:24:26.
margin of victory was the greatest in the women’s race
since 1980, and she became the first able-bodied runner
since Grete Waitz to win the event three years in a row.
Keitany is a
two-time winner of the World Marathon Majors (WMM) - a
seven big city marathon circuit where athletes gain
points in Berlin, Chicago, New York, Tokyo, Boston and
London - to claim the 1 million U.S. dollar jackpot.
the WMM series titles in 2012 and 2016. This year, she
won her third career London Marathon in April, breaking
the women’s only marathon record in a blistering time of
New York is different because we have so many top
athletes locking each other down. But I run my own race
and in this kind of races, you don’t pray for a weaker
opponent,” he said.
In New York,
Keitany will come up against former champion and
three-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat and
Betsy Saina, both of Kenya.
37, won titles from the 2010 New York Marathon, 2014
London and 2017 Boston. She is a three-time World
Championship medalist, most recently taking silver at
the IAAF World Championships Marathon in London in
On the other
hand, Saina also from Kenya is a rookie in the marathon
distance. The 29-year-old finished fifth at the 10,000
meters at the Rio 2016 Olympics after winning the New
York road race Millrose Games 5,000 meters earlier that