London Marathon 2012 Results: Mary Keitany Primed for Olympic Glory After Win

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22:  Mary Keitany of Kenya celebrates winning the Womens Elite race during the Virgin London Marathon 2012 on April 22, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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She just shattered her country's national record at the 2012 London Marathon. But can she do something no women from Kenya has ever done and win Olympic gold in the marathon there?

For Mary Keitany, that is now the question. And I believe she will answer it with a resounding yes.

Keitany won in style at the London Marathon on Saturday, finishing in two hours, 18 minutes and 37 seconds, setting a new record for Kenyan women in the process and ending with the third-fastest time in marathon history.

That's impressive.

But the question remains: Can she break Kenya's winless streak in the women's marathon at the Olympics.

From Jere Longman of the New York Times:

No Kenyan woman has won the Olympic marathon since the event began at the Los Angeles Games in 1984. Catherine Ndereba, the former Kenyan record holder at 2:18:47, took the silver medal in 2004 and 2008.

Keitany is in fine form, and she should be ready when the Olympics roll around. Sure, the strategy on a new course at the Olympics will be different, and the world's best will be gathered to go for gold.

The pressure will be high, in other words.

But Mary Keitany is up to the task. She proved that on Saturday.

The time is now for the Kenyan women to take home the first gold medal in the marathon. And Keitany will be glad to accept it around her neck.


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