London — Kenya’s Mary Keitany will seek to match Norwegian Ingrid Kristiansen’s tally of four London Marathon titles on Sunday, but unlike her compatriot Eliud Kipchoge who is bidding for a fourth win in the men’s race, she is by no means the hot favourite. Keitany won in 2011, 2012 and 2017 — when she set a women-only record (without male pacemakers) of 2hr 17min 1sec. In 2018  she set her sights even higher when she ran with male pacemakers in a bid to break Paul Radcliffe’s world record of 2:15.25 — but paid for her early efforts and was overhauled by fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, finally fading to finish fifth. The two are likely to set the pace again on Sunday but it is a tough race to call. Race director Hugh Brasher said it was “undoubtedly the best women’s field ever put together for a major marathon”. Kenyans Gladys Cherono, who has won Berlin three times, and Brigid Kosgei, 2018’s Chicago winner, have both run under 2:19 while a group of three Ethiopians — Roza Dereje (2...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now