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Keitany relishes the rivalry at Rio Olympics marathon

BY JOHN KWOBA

With one race in London in April, New York Marathon champion Mary Keitany is relishing the challenge of contesting for a medal at the Rio Olympic Games in August.

Keitany finished fourth at the Olympics in London, her last race before she took a two-year sabbatical to deliver her second child. She has returned stronger winning in New York and settling for silver at the London Marathon.

The two performances have reinforced her belief that she can finally strike gold at the Olympics in Rio in August.

“It is the biggest medal in sports and I am at my prime and it will be the biggest achievement for me if I win in Rio. But the test will be tough because everyone plans to do well and win a medal for her country,” said Keitany.

In November in New York, Keitany clocked 2:24:25, more than a minute clear of her closest pursuer. She then immediately turned her focus on the great, shiny target which now looms on the horizon in Rio.

“To win the Olympics, or to get a medal, would mean a lot,” she said. “I’ll go home now, get a rest, maybe wait for the team to be selected, but I’m ready to go and try to get a medal in Rio.”

Though Keitany may play up the role of fortune, there was nothing accidental about the manner in which she earned her second title in New York, which was her fourth victory in a Marathon Major.

The 33-year-old’s performance was a combination of natural talentkei


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