Kiplagat tops the age group time charts
Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat has posted the fastest time so far this year in the women’s 40-44 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings.
The three-time Elite series champion ran 2:21:40 to finish fourth in Boston, setting a new masters’ course record and achieving a maximum 4000 points in the rankings.
Kiplagat’s performance capped a busy first four months in the 2022 rankings season with a number of familiar names also putting in some highly impressive times to bolster their chances of qualification for the 2023 world championships.
Jacob Nur, men’s 65-69 world champion in 2021, underlined his form with 2:45:21 in Boston to set the fastest time in that age group so far this year, while Gene Dykes, multiple age group world record holder, also reaffirmed his dominance in the 70-74 category with 3:12:28 in Boston.
Perhaps the standout performer of the year so far has to be Japan’s Mariko Yugeta, the first woman in her 60s to break three hours for the marathon.
The 63-year-old has already completed three qualifying marathons in the rankings this year and sits top of the women’s 60-64 age group thanks to a 2:58:38 finish in the Nagoya Women’s Marathon and 3:04:10 at Tokyo. She also ran 3:06:27 in Boston.