Pleasant surprise for Kipketer

Jan 21, 2013, 03:52 IST | Rohan Koli

Running only the second marathon of her career, Kenya's Valentine Kipketer yesterday created a course record in the Mumbai Marathon women's race clocking 2:24:33sec. But surprisingly, she wasn't aware of the achievement.

Asked by this correspondent about how she felt about breaking the course record, Kipketer looked confused, “What, is it me, oh really, I wasn’t aware of it.

Valentine Kipketer

“Mumbai’s weather was good. I know I can do much better in the future. My aim is to finish the race in two hours and 20 minutes,” said the 20-year-old.

Kipketer said she is happy with her timing, “My timing has improved compared to what I achieved in Hamburg (2:28:03s) last April.” Her timing was 1.39s faster than the course record of 2:26.12s, set last year by Ethiopian Netsanet Abeyo. Behind Kipketer were Ethiopia’s Dinknesh Mekash (2:28:46s) and Aberu Mekuria (2:29:03s).

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