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London Marathon 2018: Mary Keitany eyes Paula Radcliffe's world record

London Marathon 2018: Mary Keitany eyes Paula Radcliffe's world record

Mary Keitany broke the 'women-only' world record at London in 2017Kenya's Mary Keitany will use male pacemakers in an attempt to break Paula Radcliffe's 'mixed-gender' race world record at April's 2018 London Marathon.The record of two hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds has stood for 15 years.Athletics' world governing body recognises two world records - mixed-gender and women-only - and last year Keitany broke Radcliffe's 'women-only' world best in a time of 2:17:01.
Keitany, 36, hopes "form, health and the weather" remain kind on the day.
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"I know the record was set by Paula Radcliffe on this course in 2003 and that she is a very popular person in Great Britain," added the three-time London Marathon champion. "But I really hope the London crowds get behind my challenge and can help drive me on to achieve something incredible."By having male pacemakers, I will be able to have the support throughout the race."The race will take place on on Sunday, 22 April.
bbc.comDuring her win in 2017, Keitany passed the half-way point more than a minute faster than Radcliffe's 2003 pace, but fell away soon after."The marathon world record is something that I have been working towards for several years and I feel I am now in the position where I can really attack the time of 2:15:25," she added."At last year's London Marathon, I was feeling good but it was hard to run nearly half the race on my own."
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