-- Kenya’s Mary Keitany
signaled that she is in fine form ahead of her world
record bid at the London Marathon with a searing time in
the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Half Marathon on Feb 9.
34-year-old Kenyan, who set a new women’s world record
at the 2017 London showpiece last year, came second in
RAK with a time of 64:55 minutes, missing out by two
seconds to fellow countrywoman Fancy Chemutai, who set a
new course record and narrowly missed out on a new world
record for 21km distance.
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 set by Paula Radcliffe,” said Keitany.
year’s London Marathon, I was feeling good but it was
hard to run nearly half the race on my own,” she added.
tied at the top of the women’s standings with Ethiopia’s
Tirunesh Dibaba in the World Marathon Majors (WMM)
quest, and the pair will face each other in London on
Gladys Cherono and 2017 world champion Rose Chelimo (all
from Kenya) also feature in a loaded field in London
looking to gatecrash the party.
and Boston to come before then, however, there is
potential for the WMM leaderboard to be shaken up before
the Series reaches the English capital.
Ruti Aga, currently on 16 points, has a chance to pull
level at the top if she can win in Japan, while Shalane
Flanagan (USA) and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya both line up
in Boston knowing victory can put them ahead of the
A second win
for the American, following her stunning victory over
Keitany in the New York City Marathon, can catapult her
to 50 points, while a repeat of her 2017 success on
Boston street will see Kiplagat take a four-point