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Kanyan trio goes toe-to-toe in London Marathon

11 April 2014, 09:20

Nairobi - The women’s edition of this weekend’s Virgin Money London Marathon looks likely to emerge a Kenyan affair with three local athletes tipped to clinch the crown.

Among the favourites is the reigning champion, Priscah Jeptoo, who has confirmed she' would aim for the world record at this Sunday's marathon.

Jeptoo will need to shed off more than two and a half minutes off her current personal best of 2:20:14 she set at last year’s edition of this popular event held in the British capital annually.

Britain's Paula Radcliffe set the current world record of 2:17:42 ironically at the 2005 edition of this long distance competition.

Jeptoo has set her sights on bettering that record on Sunday.

“My training has gone really well. As such, I am confident I will be able to lower my personal best on Sunday and win the race again,” she said.

Her recent performances in the international circuit buoy her ambitions.

After her victory at the 2013 London Marathon, she skipped the World Championships in Moscow, choosing instead to focus on the Great North Run, where she beat a stellar field to set a new half marathon personal best of 65:45.

Meanwhile, Jeptoo faces stiff competition from her compatriots.

Double World Champion, Edna Kiplagat, admitted that breaking the record at the London Marathon would be a dream come true after finishing runner-up in 2012 and 2013.

Her namesake, Florence Kiplagat, is another local marathon star feeling confident this year, having won the Berlin marathon for a second time last September and then broken the world half marathon record in Barcelona, Spain this February.

The former world cross country champion has failed to make the London podium in her two races here so far, finishing fourth in 2012 and sixth last year after she had led the race with her two Kenyan colleagues at 25km.

 – CAJ News

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