Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Will Male Pacers Help Women Break World Record At London Marathon?

Will Male Pacers Help Women Break World Record At London Marathon?

The 36-year-old has won in London and NY three times each, and last year ran faster than Radcliffe had ever done in a women's-only race, scampering away from a stacked field in London after the first mile before finishing in 2hr 17 min 01 sec.

It was just over 15 years ago here when Britain's Paula Radcliffe set the still-standing absolute world record for the marathon, clocking 2:15:25.

"We are trying to follow in the footsteps of a legend, Paula", Keitany said.

"I've been running about two years and it started because I was overweight and I was doing very little exercise".

"I'm going to be doing two races in a week, so it is going to be very hard, but I'll do my best", he said.

"First of all I want to say thank you for the race director of London for this position to have male pacemakers to assist the women to see how far they can do it", she said. The Chicago marathon champion, Tirunesh Dibaba, who finished second past year, is in much better shape this time.

"It was great for me to do that and see where I am (ahead of the marathon), to see what I need to do in training", she said, adding that her preparations have remained much the same as past year, although she has increased her speedwork and number of track sessions.

Gary said. "I am running on behalf of Children With Cancer, I have a son of 4 and a daughter of 2 myself who are both fit and healthy".

Although the weather will likely be unseasonably warm here on Sunday (between 16 and 19C during the elite women's race according to the BBC), Keitany doesn't think that it would be too hot for her. "I will not sit back, but take the race to Keitany".

"It's a great feeling not having as much pressure as I did on the track".

"I'm still to know which pace which to go through", Keitany said placidly at today's press conference. If this strike goes ahead, we will work hard to provide as much of a service as possible over the four days with a particular aim of helping runners and supporters get to the starting line on Sunday. I hope there will be a systematic pace.

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