By John Kwoba NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
New York marathon champion Mary Keitany of Kenya
will be eyeing her third win in as many attempts when she lines
up on Sundayat the London marathon and hopes it will be attained
in superfast time.
Keitany, 33, wants
to use the event in London as a springboard before she pushes
for gold at the London World Championships in August.
Although her mind is
focused on winning gold at the worlds, Keitany however, has the
small task of winning the selection favour from the coaches
panel and hopes a good show on Sunday will win them over.
“Winning is always
the main target. But Having won here before, I believe doing it
in super-fast time will be a great attraction to the people,
fans and the competition,” she said.
The Kenyan also
hopes luck will stick with her and the weather will be just
perfect for a fast run.
“It is not about the
world record. What is crucial is to improve on my time and
running under 2:18 will be a bonus. If the weather will be fine
for us, we can run the best time,” she said on Thursday.
The three-time New
York City Marathon champion is also banking on the support of
compatriot Florence Kiplagat and Vivian Cheruiyot to see the
trio glide to victory.
“I believe for us
cooperation is important and we must try to run as a team in the
initial stages to see we accomplish our targets, then we can go
for the crown individually,” she added.
Keitany is the
fastest woman in the field with a 2:18:37 personal best. “I
don’t know about the world record, but we will run the best
She replied to the
possibility to attack Paula Radcliffe’s all-women’s world record
of 2:17:42. Organizers said that the women’s pacemakers are
targeting a 69-minute first half.
the former world half marathon record-holder has said compatriot
Jemima Sumgong testing positive for EPO was “really embarrassing
“For me it really
embarrasses the sport. I am really ashamed. I am ashamed because
we are losing top athletes like that,” she said.
Dibaba won a bronze medal behind Sumgong in Rio last summer and
said it was difficult to learn the winner might have been taking
The result of
Sumgong’s B-sample is still not yet known.