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Keitany not targeting Commonwealth Games marathon

30 May 2014, 07:55

Nairobi - Former London and New York marathon champion Mary Keitany will not push herself to compete at the Commonwealth Games in July.

The 32-year-old mother of two made her comeback at the Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10K race in Canada last week and excelled beyond her expectation.

"Of course there were many doubts in my mind if at all I was going to make it. But I believed I had done well in training and was in top form.

"However, it is certain, I will not be running at the Commonwealth Games. It is too close for me and I have no intentions of pushing myself to the limit to do so. Maybe next year at the World Championships, I can represent Kenya," she said on Thursday from Eldoret after arriving back home from Ottawa.

The marathoner made her first race since 2012 a profitable one, beating every other runner across the finish line in the Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10K on Saturday.

Keitany's time was about 2.6 seconds faster than the 2005 record set by Kenya's Grace Momanyi.

Keitany, who won the 2012 London Marathon and finished fourth at the London Olympic Games marathon is now hoping, she will be ready to challenge for the honours next year during the Beijing World Championships. She missed the 2013 season because of the birth of her second child.

 - Xinhua

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