Mary Keitany, Tirunesh Dibaba To Chase World Record At London Marathon

It's hard to imagine a 26.2-mile race topping the drama of Monday's Boston Marathon, but the high-profile athletes assembled in London and lofty goals vocalized for this Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon indicate that track fans may very well get two of the best marathons ever in a span of six days. 

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The longest-standing women's distance world record turns 15 this year—the untouchable 2:15:25 recorded by Paula Radcliffe at the 2003 London Marathon. Two challengers, 36-year-old Mary Keitany of Kenya and 32-year-old Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, both of whom are widely considered to be two of the top distance women in sporting history, will give Radcliffe's record a go this weekend at the same site.

Last year, the same duo raced with big results: Keitany set the women's-only world record of 2:17:01 and Dibaba became the third woman in history to break 2:18 with a 2:17:56 runner-up finish. 

This year, male pacesetters will assist Keitany in her stated goal to break Radcliffe's record, which was also set with the aid of male pacesetters—thus the differentiation between her overall world record and Keitany's women's-only mark. Dibaba has also said she will be in the world record hunt is the conditions cooperate.

The key to setting a new record will be patience.

Last year, Keitany ran 44 seconds faster through 10K (31:17 vs 32:01) and 1:08 faster through the half marathon (66:54 vs 68:02) than Radcliffe did in her world-best performance.

Keitany's pace dropped off after the half marathon, as her pacer Caroline Chepkoech dropped out at that mark. Dibaba was also already a minute behind her rival at that point in the race, though she has said she is better prepared for the hot early start this year. 

Race organizers in London have not yet announced the identities of the male pacers, nor how long they are instructed to run, but it's fair to assume they will last longer on the course than Chepkoech.

Keitany showcased her 2018 fitness with a runner-up finish at the RAK Half Marathon in 64:55, a time that made her the third-fastest women's half marathoner in world history.

Dibaba has not raced since winning the Chicago Marathon last fall in 2:18:31.

Read notes from the London Marathon women's press conference here.

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We outlined the big questions for the women’s race this Saturday in Terre Haute; now here’s what to watch for in the men’s race. 

The 3 Biggest Questions From The Pre-Nats Women's Race

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Less than 24 hours after the Nuttycombe Invitational, the second big NCAA cross country meet of the weekend gets going in Terre Haute. The Pre Nationals meet at the site of this year’s NCAA Championships features four of the top seven women’s teams in the nation. Here are three big questions that will be answered in the race: 

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The women’s race at Friday’s Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison functions as a preview for November’s NCAA Championships. Yes, some top teams and individuals will compete the next day at the Pre Nationals meet in Terre Haute, but the fields in Wisconsin will be stacked. Three of the top four teams in the nation are set to race (and six of the 10, and eight of the top 12). 

NAU, Stanford Run It Back At Nuttycombe | Men's Preview

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Last month, the NAU men’s team began their season as expected. The winners of the last three NCAA titles went to Terre Haute for the John McNichols Invitational, held out two of their best runners and still beat second-ranked Stanford by a comfortable margin. 

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NCAA KOLAS Projections | October 15th

The KOLAS calculator is back! And, after the first seven weeks of competition here is where the top teams stand via the NCAA at-large points system. Our projections are based off of current points earned through October 12th and for the sake of projections we predicted the regional finishes based off our FloXC rankings. Be sure to tune in LIVE on November 15th for the KOLAS LIVE: Selection Show.

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