Monday, 9 July 2012

[London 2012] Today's question (4)

Back to Athletics today. The question is:

Who will win the Women's Marathon?

As you should know, the current Olympic titleholder is Constantina Diţă. She won at Beijing in an incredible race, leaving all behind after half of the distance and finishing in 2h26'44". At that time she was 38 years old and became the oldest ever Olympic marathon champion. Now she is 42 and she wants to retire after the Olympic Games. She ran the London Marathon this year (the 22nd of April) and ranked 17th with 2h32'34". The race was won by Mary Keitany from Kenya (2h18'37"), setting a new Season Best.

The first 3 Kenyan finishers of the London Marathon were the ones selected to form the Olympic Marathon team for Kenya: Mary Keitany, Edna Kiplagat and Jeptoo Priscah. Ethiopia will respond with Tiki Gelana, which won the Rotterdam Marathon this year with 2h18'58", Asselefech Mergia and Mare Dibaba.
Despite this rivalry, all the focus will be set on the British marathon legend Paula Radcliffe, which holds the current world record of 2h15'25". She ran this year the Vienna half marathon in 1h12'03", which is a low performance for her. Her best performance in the Olympic history is the 23rd place at Beijing 2008. She ran in the 10 km and 5 km track races as well, but without winning any medal.

My today's answer is: Mary Keitany. She looks to be in the best shape at the moment. But speaking of the Marathon, anything is possible, including a 42-year old Romanian to defend her title.

Final: Sunday, 05.08, 11:00 AM GMT

1 comment:

  1. The marathon is the hardest predictable race, in my opinion. A lot of events can happen in the 42.195 km that can change the race. Mary Keitany came in 4th place after 2h23'56", so I believe I was pretty close. Results:
    1. Tiki Gelana (ETH): 2h23'07"
    2. Priscah Jeptoo (KEN): 2h23'12"
    3. Tatyana Petrova (RUS): 2h23'29"

    Lidia Simon made a Seasonal Best with 2h32'46" and came in 45th, Constantina Dita couldn't repeat the last London Marathon result and ended in 86th place with 2h41'34".