NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenyan athletes Mary Keitany and Vivian Cheruiyot
believe with better planning the women’s world record will soon
This comes just a
day after the two made a 1-2 finish at the New York Marathon and
saying running at the World Championships in 2019 and the
Olympic Games in 2020 are options they would like to pursue.
Keitany won the race
clocking 2:22:48, the second fastest time ever run in New York
with Cheruiyot finishing second in 2:26:02.
This was Keitany’s
tenth podium finish in a big city marathon and the first in 2018
after she was relegated to fourth at the London Marathon in
Keitany now leads
the World Marathon Majors leaderboard as the program takes a
break until the Tokyo Marathon in March 2019.
“The world record is
beatable if we plan well. I didn’t want to rush at the beginning
to suffer at the end. I wanted to be comfortable so I could be
strong at the finish,” said Keitany on Monday.
Cheruiyot had to be
content with a runner-up spot in 2:26:02 after struggling with a
variety of injuries, aware that on this particular day she had
run into an express train in Keitany.
“I had a hamstring
injury and knee and calf injuries so I was running in pain
throughout,” Cheruiyot said on Monday.
“I have to be happy
with second because my training was interrupted due to a leg
injury. However, I must congratulate Keitany, who was very
It was the fourth
marathon for Cheruiyot after winning in London and Frankfurt and
finishing second in London in 2017.
Now she believes she
will be stronger for the challenge of the World Championships as
part of her preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
“I will first return
home to rest and recover. Then we will see next year what
happens. I want to defend my title at the London Marathon and
then see if the selectors will offer me the chance to compete at
the World Championships or not,” said Cheruiyot.
The men race was won
by Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa. The Ethiopian edged his compatriot
Shura Kitata to win by two seconds in 2:05:59 with 2017 champion
Geoffrey Kamworor settling for bronze in 2:06:26.
“I’m really happy to
finish on the podium,” said Kamworor. “I tried my best and gave
it my all.”
Tola (2:08:30) was fourth ahead of Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru
(2:10:21) in fifth.