Happy Birthday Mary Keitany

Mary KeitanyCurrent women’s World Marathon Major champion, Mary Keitany, turns 31 today (18 January).

Keitany rose to prominence initially on the half-marathon stage,  winning the Sevilla Half in 2006 as her maiden win, and then taking a suite of victories over the following years. She won three half-marathon titles in 2007 and narrowly missed the World Half-Marathon Championship title in that year.

After not racing in 2008 due to pregnancy and childbirth, she bounced back to win the elusive World Half-Marathon World Champion title in 2009 in Birmingham and also won two further half-marathon’s before stepping up in distance for third place in the 2010 New York Marathon on debut.

2011 saw her storm on to the marathon world stage, preparing by setting the half-marathon world record of 1:05:50 in the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon before taking the first of her two Virgin London Marathon titles. She followed up with a further third place in the 2011 New York Marathon.

Last year saw her again win the Virgin London Marathon in the fastest female marathon time of the year (2:18:37) and entered the 2012 London Olympics as an overwhelming favourite, but faded late and had to settle for fourth, 49 seconds behind Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana.

Keitany trains at the adidas camp in Iten and will likely remain a force in 2012, London likely to again be on her schedule, as long as it works in around the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August.

Keitany winning the 2012 Virgin London Marathon

Keitany winning the 2012 Virgin London Marathon


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