As 2018 comes to an end, Mary Keitany has been a stand out athlete in the country following her fourth victory at the New York City Marathon in November.
Keitany ran four races in the whole year collecting maximum accolades across the world but she dedicated her achievements to her family and running mates who supported her course.
“I must admit that I had a great year all through. I only competed in four races, winning two of them, on podium once and 5th,” said the three time London marathon champion.
She started in February at the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) half marathon, the course she set her first world record that was later lowered by her neighbor Florence Kiplagat.
She followed up with 5th finish at London marathon in April where he got a stich that made her struggle to finish in a race won by Olympic Games 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot, wenty ahead to win the New York Mini 10km with best time and closed the year with a win at New York City Marathon, her fourth title.
“I have had a successful 2018 due to my good and quality training hence good results. Ran only four races meaning I could not get tired before heading for another race. Despite that I also had good races across the world winning some though not all,” added the former Great North Run champion.
She said this year, she has been receiving all success and various accolades hoping the 2018 success will be transferred to 2019.
“As the year comes to a close, I have been motivated a lot. The success I enjoy now did not come for free. I worked for in support of friends, fellow athletes, family members, coaches, managers but my family stands out in the all of the year,” added Keitany who was accompany by her husband Charles Koech.
She said: “The year started on a high though losing RAK half title to Fancy Chemutai, losing just I missed the last important sprint finish though I ran my personal best time of 64:55. I finished 5th at London marathon, won the NYRR New York Mini 10km winning with 34:48 and closed the season in New York with a win.”