NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
At 38, many of elite athletes are looking at
retirement, but it will not be the case for two-time world
marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, who will be among the three
female Kenyans at the New York Marathon on Sunday.
Kiplagat will be
making her third start in a premier marathon this year after
winning in Boston in April and finishing second in London World
Championships in August.
In between she had
two half marathons and now she hopes to sweep the competition in
“Training has been
smooth and went very well as planned for me. I will be looking
forward to a good race where I want to be on the podium this
Sunday,” Kiplagat said on Thursday in Nairobi before she flew
out to the “Big Apple” on Sunday.
challengers will be Kenya’s Mary Keitany, who is the defending
champion and debutante Betsy Saina.
Ironically, back in
2010, Kiplagat was the winner in two hours, 28 minutes and 20
seconds ahead of her training mate and neighbor in Iten Mary
Keitany, who finished third in 2:29:01.
The two will have no
love lost and will be every woman for herself. Keitany, who is
putting her title on the line, will be gunning for her fourth
title on Sunday.
In April she won in
London and was also the winner in Newcastle over the half
marathon distance in September.
“I have won in New
York before in 2010. I want to try my best and bring the title
though I know it will be a tough race,” said Kiplagat.
“After the World
Championships, I had enough time to recover and start my
training which has been good.”
Last year, Kiplagat
was third in Tokyo Marathon before finishing second in Chicago
Marathon. However, with almost perfect performance this year,
she is spoiling for a fight against her compatriots.
Kenya, there will be stiff competition from Ethiopians Mare
Dibaba, Tigist Tufa and Mamitu Daska.
Kenya will be
represented in the men’s race by Tokyo Marathon champion Wilson
Kipsang, who returns to action just a month after dropping
midway the race from Berlin Marathon in September.
Others are two-time
World Cross Country champion Geoffrey Kamworor and Lucas Rotich.