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Elite women cite training limits in London Marathon buildup

Kenyan runner Brigid Kosgei isn’t expecting to lower her world record in Sunday’s London Marathon, not with her training limited by the coronavirus pandemic.

Kosgei and challenger Ruth Chepngetich said Thursday that pandemic restrictions in Kenya prevented them from training in groups for long periods.

“It affected most of us in Kenya,” the 26-year-old Kosgei said.

Kosgei topped her London victory last year by winning the Chicago Marathon in a world record time of 2 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds.

“It’s not like in Chicago, but I will try my best,” she said, declining to offer predictions of a time. “Due to this pandemic, I cannot say I will run this and this. We didn’t do a lot of training, enough, like last year.”

The London Marathon has been reduced to elite runners only and will have no spectators because of the pandemic. Tokyo was the only other World Marathon

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