Three-time London Marathon champion Mary Keitany Predicts Winner of the London Marathon
Three-time London Marathon champion Mary Keitany won't be at the starting line when this year's race blasts off near The Mall on October 4.
One of Kenya's greatest women marathon runners ever won't be in the elite-only field tackling the 19.6 laps of the 2.12-kilometre loop course crafted in a "biosecure bubble" orchestrated by the coronavirus pandemic.
As the athletes power down Horse Guards Road onto Birdcage Walk, Spur Road past the iconic Buckingham Palace and back to The Mall, Keitany won't be in the mix.
And she will be missed in the final, extra 1,345 metres to the finish line...
"Many are wondering why I'm not in the line-up this year, but I had been invited for the Boston Marathon race which I later cancelled due to an injury.
"The race has been postponed to next year and I have enough time to prepare because this will be my debut in the race," she told Nation Sport.
"One has to prepare well and you can't predict a race up to the last few kilometres because anything can happen with your body."
"A good example is the Boston and Chicago marathon where we saw athletes competing in a group up to the last 50 metres when Lawrence Cherono won both races in a sprint finish," she explained.
"When I broke the (women's only) world record in 2017, we just started the race in a high pace with my pacemaker, and by the time the other athletes reacted, I was very far and that's how I won the race.
"Even elite athletes have pressure during training and before the race starts, but for me that disappears when the race starts and I have to get focused to the finish line."
"Many athletes will hang on until the 35km mark where they will start dropping," she added.
Her prediction for the men's race on October 4 is that Eliud Kipchoge will carry the day, but that it will be a tight race.
posted Friday September 11th
by Bernard Rotich