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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.