Keitany leads Kenyan quartet for London Marathon
13 December 2011, 08:08
London - Defending
women's champion Mary Keitany will lead a Kenyan quartet in the London
marathon next April, organisers said on Monday.
The event comes just three months before the London Olympics.
Keitany, 30, set a world half marathon record this year but faces
tough opponents in compatriots Edna Kiplagat, Priscah Jeptoo and
World champion Edna Kiplagat, was third in London this year after
winning in New York in 2010. Jeptoo was Paris champion while Florence
Kiplagat won in Berlin in September.
Non-Kenyan entrants in the women's event include Germany's Irina
Mikitenko, Olympic champion Constantina Dita of Romania and six leading
"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 in a statement.
The battle for the one remaining British women's marathon place
will also be intriguing after world record holder Paula Radcliffe and
Mara Yamauchi secured the other two.
"With the Olympic Games in London just a few months later the
incentive for British marathon runners couldn't be greater," said