Mary Keitany Opts Out Of World Championships

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 12, 2011
Mary Keitany is not heading to the World Championships this summer. Photo:

Mary Keitany is not heading to the World Championships this summer. Photo:

Geoffrey Mutai is also not competing there.

This year’s Virgin London Marathon champion, Mary Keitany of Kenya, has decided not to compete in this summer’s World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Instead, Keitany disclosed she will be gunning for Paula Radcliffe’s world record.

“I will not be running in Daegu at the World Championship.” she said. “I may not be an authority in marathon races, but I believe the two races I have competed in are enough to enable me attempt to break the world record. My manager is looking for a race, presumable a flat one where I can make this attempt.”

Keitany has run the fastest time in the world this year when she clocked 2:19:17 in London last month. Paula Radcliffe’s record is 2:15:25, which she ran eight years ago in London.

Also missing from the Kenyan squad in South Korea will be the world’s fastest marathoner, Geoffrey Mutai. He too wants to focus on another big-city marathon in the hopes of breaking a world record.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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