The 2009 WOrld xc champ has only finished 1 marathon each of the last 3 years. Her 2:19:44 pb stems from her 1st marathon. “If I become too rich, I will be too proud and if I am poor, I may start borrowing or become a thief. I want to live a moderate life. It is better to lack money but have a vision than have too much money with no vision,” she said.
1:05:09 is her current record.
Her time of 69:19 was well off the 65:09 WR she set here last year. Vincent Kipruto won the men's race in 62:54.
She set her 65:09 mark at this race last year.
She says she wants to get under 65-minutes and until she knows she's on the Kenyan Olympic squad, isn't going to change her training for a race she might not run.
Race also has Sally Kipyego, World XC champ Agnes Jebet, former World XC champ Emily Chebet, Half WR Holder Florence Kiplagat, Commonwealth champ Joyce Chhepkirui, World Half champ Gladys Cherono and Linet Masai.
So too were the 15K and 20K records she set en route.
Men's field includes Imane Merga, Ibrahim Jeilan, Muktar Edris and Tariku Bekele. Women's field has Gelete Burka, Belaynesh Oljira, Hiwot Ayalew, Mamitu Daska, Buze Diriba and Kenya's half-marathon WR holder Florence Kiplagat.
Knowing Athletics Kenya, they'll make them all run a time trial the week before Worlds to decide who goes. Hey AK, just pick your 6 and be done with it.
*Kenyan Headline: "Eliud Kipchoge And Mary Keitany Chicken Out" They apparently ruled themselves out of selection, Kipchoge citing fatigue and late notice. Boston champ Caroline Rotich and world half record holder Florence Kiplagat were also among the potential list.
Half WR holder Florence Kiplagat says her focus is on winning rather than time.
“I have a mental or psychological problem when it comes to marathon. One has to run 42km before finishing, it is so tiresome. I always lose hope towards the finish but this time, I will try to do my best." She has been 2nd and 6th in London and now wants to get the win.
Includes the recent WRs by Mo Farah, Genzebe Dibaba, Florence Kiplagat as well as Jenny Simpson's AR.
Last year, her #1 goal was the 13.1 WR with London Maratho 2nd. This year, the goal was the 15km WR but London is the goal as she needs to figure out if she should focus on marathon or 10,000 for 2016.
That's 4:58 pace. She broke her own record from a year ago by 3 seconds. An amazing run as the course has turns and no other woman has come within 41 seconds on a legit course.
Not happy to have set the WR last year, she now is going back, hoping to be the first woman under 65.
The 2013 Berlin champion has a PR of 2:19:44.