Mary Keitany’s training partner put forth a solid effort in the Czech capital.
Lydia Cheromei of Kenya made it look easy on Sunday. At the Prague Marathon, she obliterated the previous course record by over three minutes, running 2:22:34 to win the race there. Her time was also a 30-second personal best. Cheromei is the training partner of this year’s Virgin London Marathon victor, Mary Keitany.
From the onset, it was Cheromei’s race to lose. She cleared 10K in 33;20, but her pace slowed as she reached the half (1:10:41). Still, the Kenyan never experienced much of a threat; the nearest competitor was Ethiopia’s Belainesh Zemedkun who was over a minute behind her.
“I never looked back, I was confident,” recalled Cheromei. “My target today was to run 2:22 and break the course record and I did that – I’m not disappointed that I didn’t run under 2:20. The course is not easy and the weather was warm.”
Continuing into the second half of the marathon, the 33-year-old Cheromei extended her lead. She ended up winning by a six-minute margin.
“Once I am home in Kenya I shall meet my training partners, including Mary [Keitany]and plan for the future,” she said after the race
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