Mary Jepkosgei Keitany

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Mary Jepkosgei Keitany
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Personal information
Born (1982-01-18) January 18, 1982 (age 36)
Kabarnet, Baringo County, Kenya
Weight 42 kg (93 lb)
Sport
Country Kenya
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Marathon

Mary Jepkosgei Keitany (born 18 January 1982) is a Kenyan long distance runner. She is the world record holder in a women-only marathon, having won the 2017 London Marathon in a time of 2:17:01.

Her half marathon personal best of 1:05:50 is a former women's world record. She also has held the world record at 10 miles (50:05 minutes), 20 kilometres (1:02:36), and 25 kilometres (1:19:53), all of which were set in road races.

Career[edit]

Born in Kabarnet, Baringo County, Keitany started running while in primary school. In 2002, she joined the Hidden Talent Academy.

2006[edit]

In January, she placed 21st in her first senior race at the Shoe4Africa 5 kilometre women's race.[1] After some success in local races, she competed abroad for the first time, winning some road races in Europe.[citation needed]

2007[edit]

She won a silver medal at the World Road Running Championships, finishing second to Lornah Kiplagat who broke the world record.

2009[edit]

After a year out due to pregnancy, she returned to competition at the World 10K Bangalore in May.[2] She set a new personal best but finished one second behind winner Aselefech Mergia.[3]

In September, she won the Lille Half Marathon with a finish time of 1:07:00, which was the seventh fastest of all-time.[4]

This performance qualified her for the World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham, where she outpaced Aberu Kebede to win her first world championship, set a new personal best of 1:06:36, and broke the championship record. She won a second gold medal as part of the winning Kenyan squad in the team competition. Reflecting on the win, she noted, "It's my best ever time, so I'm so happy.... I had a baby just 1 year and 3 months ago." Her 15 kilometre interval time, 46:51 minutes, was faster than the world record of 46:55 held by Kayoko Fukushi of Japan; however, Keitany's time was not ratified as a new world record because of the lower elevation of the 15 kilometre mark compared to the race start.[5] Her time was the second fastest ever in the half marathon (after Lornah Kiplagat). The half marathon time was a new African record, with the previous record of 1:06:44 hours set by Elana Meyer of South Africa in 1999. Keitany also beat the previous Kenyan record of 1:06:48 that she set in Udine two years earlier.[6] The director of the New York City Marathon, Mary Wittenberg, suggested that she could become a world-beater over the full marathon distance in the coming years.[2]

2010[edit]

She won the Abu Dhabi Half Marathon.[7]

She also won the Berlin 25 kilometre race, setting a new world record of 1:19:53 hours. The previous record was set by Mizuki Noguchi of Japan in 2005. Keitany finished almost five minutes ahead of runner-up Alice Timbilili.[8]

In preparing for the New York City Marathon, she won the Portugal Half Marathon in Lisbon in September, leading from the front to win largely uncontested in a time of 1:08:46.[9]

In her debut at the New York City Marathon, she was among the leading three for much of the race but faded to finish third in a time of 2:29:01 hours.[10]

2011[edit]

Keitany began the year in record-breaking form as she won the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon with a world record time of 1:05:50 hours. This marked the first time a woman had run the distance in under 1:06 hours on a non-aided course. She also set other records along the way, including a world record of 1:02:36 for 20 kilometres and world best times for 8 kilometres and 10 miles.[11]

She then won the London Marathon in a time of 2:19:17, pulling away from the field at the 14-mile mark and becoming the fourth fastest woman ever over the marathon distance.[12]

In September, she won the Portugal Half Marathon for the second time and improved upon her own course record with a winning time of 1:07:54 hours.[13]

She was the pre-race favourite for the New York City Marathon, where she built a significant lead by the halfway point (running at more than four minutes faster than the course record). She slowed dramatically, however, in the second half of the race and was overtaken by Firehiwot Dado and Buzunesh Deba, leaving her in third place with a finishing time of 2:23:38 hours.[14]

2012[edit]

She intended to improve her world record mark at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, but windy conditions slowed her to a finish time of 1:06:49 hours.[15]

At the London Marathon, she broke Catherine Ndereba's African record with a winning time of 2:18:37 hours and became the third fastest woman ever at this distance.[16]

At the Summer Olympics in London, she ran a fast pace among the lead pack until the 41 kilometre mark, where she fell behind to finish fourth.[17]

2013[edit]

She announced her pregnancy at the start of 2013 and skipped that year's competitions.[18]

2014[edit]

On 2 November, Keitany battled with eventual second-place finisher Jemima Sumgong to win the New York City Marathon in a time of 2:25:07.[19]

2015[edit]

At the London Marathon, Keitany was one of the "Fantastic Four" of Kenyans (consisting of Keitany, Edna Kiplagat, Florence Kiplagat, and Priscah Jeptoo) who were expected to win the race and possibly challenge Paula Radcliffe's course record (and women's world record). Down the last stretch of the race, Keitany battled Ethiopian Tirfi Tsegaye, with Keitany finishing second in 2:23:40 hours, 18 seconds behind winner Tigist Tufa from Ethiopia.[20] Keitany remarked after the race that she was affected by the wind and cold weather.[21]

2016[edit]

Keitany won the New York City Marathon in 2:24:26 hours. Sally Kipyego finished second (2:28:01), with Molly Huddle in third (2:28:13).

2017[edit]

Peres Jepchirchir won the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon on 10 February. Her finish time of 1:05:06 hours set a new world record, with Keitany finishing second with a new personal best of 1:05.13 hours. The third, fourth, and fifth place finishers (Joyciline Jepkosgei, Jemima Sumgong, and Tirunesh Dibaba) also set new personal bests.[22]

In April, Keitany won the London Marathon, setting a new world record (women only) at 2:17:01 hours. She bettered Radcliffe's record by 41 seconds, which she set at the 2005 London Marathon. Tirunesh Dibaba finished second, 55 seconds behind.[23] (Radcliffe has run a faster time in a mixed gender event, but that is a separate record.)

She won the TD Beach to Beacon 10k on 5 August 2017 in a course record time of 30:41 minutes. She improved the cr set at last year's run.[24]

Keitany will not be competing at the World Championships in London.[25]

On September 10, 2017, Keitany won the 2017 Great North Run in 1:05:59, 20 seconds off her course record from 2014.[26]

On November 5, 2017, Keitany managed a second place podium finish at the TCS New York City Marathon at a time of 2:27:54.[27]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to another runner Charles Koech and gave birth to her first child, Jared, in June 2008,[28] and her second child, Samantha, in April 2013. She stopped training and other sporting activities at the third month of pregnancy, and resumed when the babies were six months old.[29] She trains at the Adidas camp in Iten, is managed by Gianni Demadonna.[30]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2007 World Road Running Championships Udine, Italy 2nd Half marathon 1:06:48
2009 World Half Marathon Championships Birmingham, England 1st Half marathon 1:06:36
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 4th Marathon 2:23:56

Road races[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2006 Sevilla Half Marathon Seville, Spain 1st Half marathon
São Silvestre Olivais 10K Lisbon, Portugal 1st 10 km [31]
2007 Almeria Half Marathon Almeria, Spain 1st Half marathon
Vitry-sur-Seine Humarathon Paris, France 1st Half marathon
Puy-en-Velay 15k Puy-en-Velay, France 1st 15 km
Lille Half Marathon Lille, France 1st Half marathon 1:08:43
2009 Lille Half Marathon Lille, France 1st Half marathon 1:07:00
Delhi Half Marathon New Delhi, India 1st Half marathon 1:06:54
2010 New York City Marathon New York, New York, USA 3rd Marathon 2:29:01
2011 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah, UAE 1st Half marathon 1:05:50 Former WR
London Marathon London, United Kingdom 1st Marathon 2:19:19
2012 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 1st Marathon 2:18:37 NR
2014 New York City Marathon New York, New York, USA 1st Marathon 2:25:07
2015 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 2nd Marathon 2:23:40
New York City Marathon New York, New York, USA 1st Marathon 2:24:25
2016 London Marathon London United Kingdom 9th Marathon 2:28:30
Beach to Beacon 10K Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA 1st 10K 30:45.0 CR
New York City Marathon New York, New York, USA 1st Marathon 2:24:26
2017 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 1st Marathon 2:17:01 WR
New York City Marathon New York, New York, USA 2nd Marathon 2:27:54

World Marathon Majors results[edit]

World Marathon Majors 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Tokyo Marathon - - - - - - - -
Boston Marathon - - - - - - - -
London Marathon - 1st 1st - - 2nd 9th 1st
Berlin Marathon - - - - - - - -
Chicago Marathon - - - - - - - -
New York City Marathon 3rd 3rd - - 1st 1st 1st 2nd

Personal bests[edit]

Distance Time Date City
5000 m 16:29.4 29 June 2006 Nairobi, Kenya
10,000 m 31:15 13 June 2015 New York, US
10 km 30:41+ August 2017 Maine, USA
15 km 46:30+ 10 February 2017 Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
20 km 1:01:52+ 10 February 2017 Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Half marathon 1:04:55 9 February 2018 Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
25 km 1:19:53 9 May 2010 Berlin, Germany
Marathon 2:17:01 23 April 2017 London, UK

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Powell, David (11 October 2009). "Marathon beckons for Keitany – World Half Marathon, Birmingham". International Association of Athletics Federations. Archived from the original on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (31 May 2009). "Merga and Mergia take thrilling 10km victories in Bangalore". International Association of Athletics Federations. Archived from the original on 23 July 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Turner, Chris (7 September 2009). "Keitany powers to 67mins clocking in Lille Half Marathon". International Association of Athletics Federations. Archived from the original on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
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  6. ^ IAAF: Top List (as of 11 October 2009)
  7. ^ International Association of Athletics Federations, 8 January 2010: Fast wins for Keitany and Regassa in Abu Dhabi Half
  8. ^ Wenig, Jorg (9 May 2010). "Kosgei, Keitany shatter 25Km World records in Berlin – Updated". International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Fernandes, António Manuel (26 September 2010). "Tola and Keitany romp to Half Marathon victories in Lisbon". International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Dunaway, James (7 November 2010). "Gebremariam and Kiplagat cruise to New York victories". International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
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  12. ^ Brown, Matthew (17 April 2011). "Mutai and Keitany dominate and dazzle in London". International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
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  16. ^ Brown, Matthew (22 April 2012). "Kipsang and Keitany claim London titles for Kenya". International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
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  19. ^ "TCS NYC Marathon Overall Women Results". TCS NYC Marathon. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  20. ^ Virgin Money London Marathon Leaderboard. Retrieved on 26 April 2015.
  21. ^ Robinson, Roger. "Tigist Tufa is Surprise Women's Winner of London Marathon". Runner's World Newswire. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
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  23. ^ London Marathon 2017: Mary Keitany & Daniel Wanjiru win, BBC, 23 April 2017
  24. ^ "Mary Keitany kills it again in Beach to Beacon women's race". Press Herald. 2017-08-05. Retrieved 2018-05-03. 
  25. ^ "KIPLAGAT LEADS KENYA'S MARATHON SELECTIONS FOR IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LONDON 2017". International Association of Athletics Federations. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017. 
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  27. ^ "2017 New York City Marathon". Wikipedia. 2017-11-07. 
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  29. ^ TCS New York City Marathon Stories Album: Motivated By Motherhood, By Barbara Huebner
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