World marathon record holder, Paula Radcliffe, has tipped Kenya’s Mary Keitany to break her 14 year- old mark.
Keitany set a women-only marathon record of 2:17.01 at April’s London Marathon eclipsing Radcliffe’s previous mark of 2:17.42 she set in London in the year 2005.
However, Radcliff is still the women’s marathon record holder with 2:15.25 she clocked at the 2003 London marathon.
And with Keitany latest exploits, Radcliffe believes that the Kenyan has the potential to lower her mark.
Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing IAAF World Under-18 championships at Moi Stadium, Kasarani, the Briton acknowledged the exemplary performance by Keitany in London this year.
“That was incredible and she has the potential at the moment of breaking the record,” she said.
Radcliffe added that achieving such a mark calls for hard work and a focused mind in training.
“Keitany is talented and poised for a great performance on the road. For now, she looks like the sure candidate to set a new mark and I want to encourage her to give it a try,” she added.
Radcliffe also praised the young talents competing at the championships, saying they have the potential of becoming future great stars if tapped and developed well.
Keitany held the world half marathon record before compatriot Peris Chepchirchir lowered. However, her mark was short-lived as Joyciline Jepkosgei went on to set a new one.
She represented Kenya at the 20009 World Half Marathon championships winning gold medal and her participation on the road has been a success.
Keitany has won London marathon three times having appeared six times only finishing second in 2015 and ninth in the 2016 editions.
After making her New York City marathon debut in the year 2010 finishing third, and repeating the same performance the following year, Keitany achieve hatrick victories in the successive editions of 2014, 2015 and 2016.
She finished fourth when she represented Kenya at the 2012 London Olympics where she clocked 2:23.56.