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 (2h18'37"), setting a new Season Best.
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