This was the second presser on October 25, 2018. Wilson Chebet, 3 time TCS Amsterdam winner (he’s run it five times, PB of 2:05.27), Betsy Saina, (Paris winner, 2:22:56 PB) and Nancy Kiprop (Vienna City Marathon, 2:24.18) were on the panel.
Nancy Kiprop has won Valencia Marathon twice (2015, 2016), Vienna Marathon twice, (2017, 2018), and Honolulu once! A PB of 2:24.18, Nancy also started a school last January, starting with one teacher and 4 students. She now has 64 students and four teachers. Nancy also has seven children, five ot them adopted. Nancy is a 2:22 marathoner waiting to run it. She will be conservative on Sunday, but watch her race the second half.
Betsy Saina, photo by PhotoRun.net
Betsy Saina has had three marathon starts, and one finish. Her finish was in the 2018 Paris Marathon, in 2:22.43. Betsy looks capable of a 2:20 marathon right now, and will go out in 70 minutes for the half. Saina is tough and she and Mare Dibaba could battle for the title.
Wilson Chebet is a fine marathoner, but many consider him past his prime of 2011, when he ran 2:05.27. I am not so sure. I believe he can run 2:06.30, and as the pace is going out in 62:45, that is probably where the race will go. Can Wilson do it? We will have to wait and see.
This is the first part of the interview with Wilson Chebet, Betsy Saina and Nancy Kiprop.