The Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon, which boosts a new title sponsor, is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. At the 28th edition of Germany’s oldest city marathon organisiers expect a record entry of up to 13,000 runners. Online entry is still available at: www.frankfurt-marathon.com
Regarding the depth of the elite field assembled so far the women’s race will have the best quality ever in the history of the event. And it is expected that there will be further additions to both the women’s and men’s event soon.
Agnes Kiprop comes to the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon unbeaten this year. The 29 year-old Kenyan has won her two major races so far this year and in each of the two she clocked a personal best as well. Both times she competed in Turin. First she took the Turin Marathon in spring with a fine 2:26:22 and five weeks before her race in Frankfurt she also won the Turin Half Marathon. There she ran 69:54 minutes.
Firehiwot Dado clocked a personal best in the marathon this year as well. When she won the Rome Marathon in March she achieved a massive improvement from a previous PB of 2:37:34 to a fine 2:27:08. She will as well try to further improve her time on the fast Frankfurt course. The 25 year-old has not raced since her surprise win in Rome and has fully concentrated on preparing well for her autumn marathon.
Besides Agnes Kiprop and Firehiwot Dado three more runners have been added to the women’s field: Irene Limika (Kenya) and Shitaye Debella Gemechu (Ethiopia) as well as Germany’s Luminita Zaituc. Irene Limika had run her marathon debut in Frankfurt in 2008 and had done very well with a fourth place in 2:28:31. This still is her personal best. This year she has been second at the Nagano Marathon in 2:30:00. Shitaye Debella Gemechu is an experienced marathon runner, who has improved her personal best by five seconds in 2008, when she placed fourth at the Paris Marathon with 2:26:10. This year she was fifth at the Tokyo Marathon. Luminita Zaituc still is the fourth fastest German woman marathoner ever. She had clocked 2:26:01 when winning the Frankfurt Marathon in 2001.
Kenyans Rose Cheruiyot and Ruth Wanjiru had been signed earlier for the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon. In 2008 the 33 year-old Cheruiyot had placed fourth in the Dubai Marathon with a personal best of 2:25:48. Later in the year she placed fourth again in Berlin. 27 year-old Wanjiru was 7th in Osaka this year and has a personal best of 2:27:38.
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