Priscah Jeptoo Aims High: for the womens-only marathon record, by EME NEWS and London website


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LONDON (GBR): The reigning London Marathon champion Priscah Jeptoo today she'll go for the women-only marathon world record at this Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon. The current world record of 2:17:42 was set by Britain's Paula Radcliffe at the 2005 London Marathon. To beat Radcliffe's mark, Jeptoo will need to knock more than two and a half minutes off her current PB of 2:20:14, set at the London Marathon in 2012. „My training has gone really well so I'm confident I'll be able to lower my personal best on Sunday and win the race again," said Jeptoo. Jeptoo isn't the only Kenyan with her sights on the record though. Double World Champion Edna Kiplagat admitted that breaking the record at the London Marathon would be a dream come true after finishing runner-up in 2012 and 2013. „There's a really strong women's field this year but if we run at our best I'm confident we will beat the current world record," said Kiplagat. Florence Kiplagat is another Kenyan feeling confident this year, having won the Berlin marathon for a second time last September and then broken the world half marathon record in Barcelona this February. „I feel much better than last year," she said. „I think I've got much better endurance. After winning in Berlin I haven't had a break so this year I am very confident. I think this year I will do better." From organisers website.

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