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Keitany To Lead Strong Kenyan Contingent In London

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 13, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Mary Keitany will have a difficult time repeating her win in London next year. Photo: PhotoRun.net

A repeat win will not be easy next year.

Mary Keitany will have a difficult time repeating her win in London next year. Photo: PhotoRun.net

This year’s third-place finisher at the ING New York City Marathon, Mary Keitany of Kenya, will be returning to the Virgin London Marathon next April.

The news was announced by the marathon’s organizers on Monday. The London Marathon, one of the world’s fastest, comes just three months before the 2012 Olympics, taking place in the same city. Keitany will return as the defending champion. She set the world half-marathon record earlier this year.

A repeat win for Keitany will not be easy. Joining her are fellow Kenyans Edna Kiplagat, Priscah Jeptoo and Florence Kiplagat.

Edna Kiplagat won the 2010 edition of the ING New York City Marathon. Jeptoo was the Paris champion, and Florence Kiplagat won the Berlin Marathon three months ago.

“This has to be one of the most talented women’s fields we’ve ever had and with numerous Olympic places up for grabs I’m sure we’ll see a fantastic race,” said race director Dave Bedford.

For More: Reuters

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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