Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Mary Keitany seeks third successive win at the New York City Marathon this Sunday


Mary Keitany with her husband Charles Koech
Keitany is likely to make history this Sunday if she managers to win the New York City Marathon for a third consecutive time. With a personal-best of 2:18:37 which makes her the second quickest marathon woman in history, she is the clear favorite but will face stiff competition from two Ethiopians who also boast sub-2:20 bests. Only one woman has ever achieved this feat, and that was Grete Waitz in the 1980s.

Aselefech Mergia, the three-time Dubai Marathon champion and  Buzunesh Deba, who has twice finished second in New York are seen as the two threats to Keitany's expected great achievement.
Other Kenyan women in the race include Joyce Chepkirui, third in Boston this year and Sally Kipyego, the 10,000m silver medallist from the 2012 London Olympic Games.
After a disappointing performance at the Rio Olympic Games, Stanley Biwott will be seeking to bounce back to the spotlight by defending his title in the men's race.
Biwott's personal best time of 2:03:51, which he achieved after a spectacular race with Eliud Kipchoge during the London marathon earlier this year is -by over one minute- the best time against those of other elite athletes toeing the start line.
 Lelisa Desisa, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, Lucas Rotich, Dathan Ritzenhein and Moses Kipsiro are some of the top athletes expected to provide a tough competition to Biwott.