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12.12.2011 Africa

Keitany to defend London marathon title

By AFP
Mary Keitany.  By Ben Stansall (AFP/File)
LISTEN DEC 12, 2011
Mary Keitany. By Ben Stansall (AFP/File)

LONDON (AFP) - Kenya's Mary Keitany is set to defend her London Marathon title in April, just three months before the UK capital stages the 2012 Olympic Games, organisers said Monday.

But the 30-year-old is set to face stiff competition from compatriots Edna Kiplagat, Priscah Jeptoo and Florence Kiplagat, as well as former London winner Irina Mikitenko and Olympic champion Constantina Dita.

Edna Kiplagat won the world title in Daegu this year ahead of Jeptoo, while Florence Kiplagat was first in the Berlin Marathon in September.

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