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Keitany to defend her title at New York Mini 10km race

Kenya’s Mary Keitany will be seeking to defend her title at the 47th edition of the New York 10km Race that will be held on June 9, in New York, United States.

The 36 year-old finished a disappointing fifth in London Marathon in a time of  2:24.27 after leading for the better part of the race as compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot zoomed past to clinch the title.

Keitany, who is a three-time New York City Marathon champion and the two times (2015and 2017) New York Mini 10K, will be targeting for a third title and also try to lower the course record of 30:28.06 that was set in 2002 by Paula Radcliff of Great Britain.

She is a two-time winner of the Abbott World Marathon Majors and has won the series titles (2012 and 2016) and a three-time London Marathon winner and hold of the women’s-only world marathon record of 2:17.0, which she set in 2017 in the British capital.

“The New York Mini 10K is a very special race for me, not only because I have been able to win it twice, but because it is so special to see so many women of all ages and abilities running together,” Keitany said. “I hope that I am able to inspire them as much as they inspire me.”

Keitany is expected to face stiff competition from American and former champion Molly Huddle, who is a three-time winner of the NYC Half Marathon.

She finished in third place in her marathon debut at the 2016 New York City Marathon. Earlier that year, she won the 5000 and 10,000m races at the U.S. Olympic Trials – becoming the first woman in history to win the double – and finished sixth in the 10,000m at the Rio Olympics, setting a new American record of 30:13.17. Her win at the 2014 New York Mini 10K made her the first American to win the title in a decade, and her time of 31:37 set an American record for a women’s-only race.

Why Vivian Cheruiyot dropped out of NYC Half Marathon

Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot who was among the NYC Half Marathon title contender failed to finish the 13th edition of  the NYC Half after experiencing breathing problems.

Cheruiyot who was the third fastest in the field with a 67:44 PB behind Ethiopians Mamitu Daska (66:28 PB) and Buze Diriba (66:50 PB), drifted off the lead before 10-K and dropped out in Central Park in the 10th mile shortly after the men’s leaders caught her.

Her manager, Mike Skinner, while speaking to the press said,  “Vivian had problems breathing in the cold weather”.

“She was taken to hospital but now she is alright. Expect her to come with a bang in London Marathon,” Skinner concluded.

The race was won by Diriba in 1:12.23 with Betsy Saina finished a disappointing sixth place in 1:13.31.

Diriba takes the NYC Half Marathon crown as Saina finishes a disappointing sixth place

Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba outclassed her opponents as she claimed the title at the NYC Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (18) in New York.

Diriba who ran under the worst weather conditions in United States race history pulled away from the rest of the team at 15km but United States Emily Sisson stuck by her as she led the two till the 200m mark when the Ethiopian kicked to cut the tape in 1:12.23.

Sisson who finished as runners up in last years race had to settle for the same position this year as she crossed the line in the same time of 1:12.24.

Norway’s Karolinwe Bjerkeli Grovdal closed the podium three in 1:12.43 as Ethiopian Mamitu Daska who led at the beginning of the race settled for fourth place in 1:12.50.

Kenyan race favorite Vivian Cheruiyot dropped from the race at the early stages as Betsy Saina finished a disappointing sixth place in 1:13.31.

The winner pocketed US dollars 20,000.



  1. Buze Diriba             (ETH) 1:12.23
  2. Emily Sisson           (USA) 1:12.24
  3. Karolinwe Grovdal (NOR) 1:12.43
  4. Mamitu Daska        (ETH) 1:12.50
  5. Serena Burla           (USA) 1:13.15
  6. Betsy Saina              (KEN) 1:13.31