NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Mary Keitany, three-time London
marathon winner and the current women’s world record
holder, aims to refresh her own mark of two hours 17
minutes and one second at this year’s London race on
Keitany beat Radcliffe’s world best of 2:17:42 by 41
seconds, which inspired her to take the bar higher and
go for the ultimate prize of running under 2:15:25.
year’s London Marathon, I was feeling good but it was
hard to run nearly half the race on my own. By having
male pacemakers, I will be able to have the support
throughout the race,” Keitany, 36, said on Thursday.
win last year, Keitany went through the halfway point
more than a minute faster than Radcliffe did on the way
to her record in 2003.
pacemaker fell away soon after and Keitany found herself
alone and falling off that searing pace.
marathon world record is something that I have been
working towards for several years and I feel I am now in
the position where I can really attack the time of
2:15:25,” said Keitany, the three-time London Marathon
any world record is contingent on everything being right
on the day. London has shown it has the course for world
records to be broken and I hope my form and health stay
strong and that the weather is kind on the day,” she
Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon, said
Radcliffe’s world record at the 2003 London Marathon was
one of the greatest sporting achievements ever seen, and
they are hugely excited to learn that Keitany feels in a
position to challenge that run.
“No one has
got near Paula’s mark for 15 years and for Mary to
commit to attacking it shows her courage and the belief
in her athletic ability,” Bracher said.
running against the clock, Keitany will also be in a
duel with her great Ethiopian rival Tirunesh Dibaba and
the 2017 marathon world champion Rose Chelimo.
race will also serve as the last stop in the World
Marathon Majors Series with Keitany and Dibaba are
currently joint top of the leaderboard.