Confident Edna Kiplagat Seeks Second NYC Marathon Crown
by Chris Lotsbom
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NEW YORK (31-Oct) -- Returning to New York, Edna Kiplagat is calm and
confident. The 33-year-old from Kenya is seeking her second ING New York
City Marathon title in four years while also trying to capture the 2012-2013
World Marathon Majors title. Some may call the task at hand overwhelming.
For Kiplagat, it is business as usual.
"I know it's going to be a great success for me if I win this, because I'll
have won the Marathon Majors and it's going to be something I'm going to
remember for the rest of my life," Kiplagat told Race Results Weekly in an
assuring tone today.
Arguably the most decorated marathoner in this year's field, Kiplagat comes
into Sunday's race eager to add another title to her illustrious resume.
Among her accolades are the 2010 ING New York City Marathon title, gold
medals at the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Championships Marathon, and placing
in the top three at the Virgin London Marathon for three years in a row.
If Kiplagat wins or places second ahead of fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo, she
will take home $500,000 as the World Marathon Majors winner, something that
is particularly important to her because she was unable to run in New York
last year because of Super Storm Sandy. The race cancellation knocked her
out of contention for the 2011/2012 World Marathon Majors points title.
"It's my main focus because now I have to get the points, and I am also
looking forward to win for the second time," Kiplagat said. In both the
2010/2011 and 2011/2012 World Marathon Majors standings, Kiplagat finished
Here, Kiplagat may have the hometown advantage. In addition to her 2010 win,
the native of Iten won the 2012 NYRR Mini 10-K and placed second at the 2011
NYC Half. Having raced often in the city, Kiplagat said she's grown to love
the area, specifically the many fans who line the course to cheer her on.
"It is very special because here in New York I have lots of fans. The
organizers are very good and I like the course and everything which goes on
here in New York," she said. "It is exciting. Everything in New York is good
and I like it.
Just speaking of the city brings a glow to Kiplagat's face. When asked her
memories of the 2010 title, her face lights up even more.
"The biggest memory was that it was one of the biggest races that I have run
before," she said. "After winning New York, I can say it was the biggest
thing for me."
Biggest of her life, including both World Championships medals?
"Uh huh," she added with a smile and head nod.
To win on Sunday would place Kiplagat on a who's who list of multiple-time
champions, of which marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe and running
legend Grete Waitz are a part. Course record holder Margaret Okayo and Tegla
Loroupe are the only two-time winners from Kenya.
"Training has gone very well and I am happy I am back after the World
Championships," said Kiplagat. "I have not had any problems and I am looking
forward to win the race."