World record holder wants to make it three in a row after taking Tokyo silver
World record holder Brigid Kosgei (KEN) is ready to defend her Virgin Money London Marathon title on Sunday 3 October, despite facing one of the highest-quality fields ever assembled just eight weeks after taking a Tokyo Olympic silver medal in the gruelling heat and humidity of Sapporo.
Kosgei, who smashed Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing world record in Chicago two years ago, is aiming to be the first woman to win three back-to-back London Marathons since Katrin Dörre in the early 1990s.
But she was beaten to the Olympic crown in August by her compatriot Peres Jepchirchir and will line up on Sunday morning with a body she admits is still feeling the effects of that tough defeat.
Tired after Tokyo
“I ran the Olympics just last month and my body is still very tired,” she said on Thursday. “After Tokyo I had two days’ break then I carried on training.
“I have done a lot of preparation and now I am OK. It went well, so I am ready to do my best on Sunday.
“I want to defend my title and will be very happy [to win three in a row]. I can’t say anything more than that.”
Kosgei’s second triumph 12 months ago came without crowd support as she ran through the cold autumn rain of central London, negotiating the closed looped course around St James’s Park to win in 2:18:58, more than three minutes ahead of her nearest rival.