World marathon record holder Mary Keitany and Edna Kiplagat will battle for honors at the TCS New York Marathon that will be held on Sunday 5, November 2017 in New York.
The two training partners and who happens to be the best of friends will face off as they fight for the glory on that Sunday morning.
Statistically Keitany stands out as she has been in great form as she recently won the Great North Run and also setting the marathon record in London early this year.
“My training’s have been great and my body is in great shape and now what remains is to see how I will react to the challenges each opponent will throw at me,” said Keitany.
The 34 year-old will be aiming to win her fourth consecutive crown in New York with her compatriots expected to escort her to her fourth coronation.
Kiplagat, the two-time marathon world champion, won silver at this year’s world championships in London and Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba and former London champion Tigist Tufa will be the stumbling block in her path.
Betsy Saina of Kenya who finished fifth at the Great North Run in London will be debuting and looking for honors.
Saina was motivated by her friend Vivian Cheruiyot, who was running her second marathon and clinched the gold medal in Frankfurt, said it is a motivation for her to set her own pace and path as she launches her career in marathon.
Kipsang Vs Kamworor
The late entrant in NYC is former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang, who despite failing to finish the Berlin marathon late last month, ruled himself fit to compete in New York.
Earlier this year he set a new course record at the Tokyo Marathon when he thrashed off the previous record of 2:05.43 that was set by Dickson Chumba in 2014 and lowered it to 2:03.58.
Kipsang previously held the marathon world record of 2:03:23, which he ran at the 2013 BMW Berlin Marathon, until Dennis Kimetto broke it at the same event the following year.
The 2012 London Olympic Marathon bronze medalist has run under 2:05 eight times, the most of any runner in history.
“My training was excellent before Berlin, but I had a bad day there,” Kipsang said. “Now, I am very happy and thankful I was given a chance to use my training effort in New York City, and will try to win there as I did three years ago.”
Geofrey Kamworor who made the marathon debut over the 42.195km distance aged just 20, finishing third in 2:06:26 one place behind his mentor and NN Running team-mate Eliud Kipchoge.
In 2014 he enjoyed solid marathon outings for sixth in Tokyo (2:07:37) and fourth in Berlin (2:06:39) before placing second in his last marathon race in New York two years ago when finishing 14 seconds adrift of Stanley Biwott.
After a two-year break from the marathon he is delighted to return to “The Big Apple” where his performance will be keenly anticipated.
“I am happy to be welcomed back to the TCS New York City Marathon,” explains Geoffrey. “I enjoyed running this course and the organsation is wonderful. Since the World Championships my preparation has gone well and I am really focused on November 5.
The defending NYC champion and 2015 world champion Ghirmay Gebreslassie, became the youngest winner in the history of the New York City Marathon last year,at 21 years-old when he cut the tape in 2:07:51.
He posted the third-fastest winning time and was the first Eritrean to win the race. In 2015, he became the youngest IAAF World Championships winner and his gold medal was Eritrea’s first ever at the event.
Ghebreslassie was fourth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Marathon and owns a personal best of 2:07:46 from the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon, where he also finished fourth.
Another title contender is Lemi Berhanu, the 22-year-old from Ethiopia who won the Boston Marathon in 2016, and has a personal best of 2:04:33 from the 2016 Dubai Marathon.
Lelisa Desisa, also from Ethiopia, finished second in New York in 2014 and third in 2015 before failing to finish last year. The two-time Boston Marathon champion owns a personal best of 2:04:45 from the 2013 Dubai Marathon.
The five Kenyans left Kenya for New York on Monday and are eager to bring home both the titles.