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Keitany upbeat

Nairobi,

Kenya’s fastest woman marathon runner Mary Keitany is confident of getting back to her winning rhythm when she resumes her racing career in the new year at the London Marathon.

The two-time winner of the marathon has not competed this year, taking time off to have her second child who is now five months old.

“I have taken enough time to rest and be with my family. I hope to resume my training early next year with the aim of competing in the London Marathon in April,” the 31-year-old Keitany said in her hometown of Iten.

“I believe I will be back to my earlier form to mount a serious challenge in the women’s marathon.” she added.

Keitany’s last race was a disappointing fourth-place finish at the London Olympics, despite her pedigree as the favourite to bring Kenya’s first Olympic women’s gold over the distance.

She dominated the London marathon in 2011 and 2012, clocking her best time of 2:18:50, the fourth fastest time in history and a Kenyan record. AFP