• Stellar Elite Fields set for Frankfurt Marathon

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The 2013 Frankfurt marathon will feature an extraordinary field of 21 men that has run the 42.2km race under 2:10 mark and eight women who hold PB under 2:25 mark.

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Race Director Jo Schindler, said: “Despite the World Championships this summer, we were able to put together a very good field,” adding that "The extraordinary quality of the fields arouses strong expectations that a fast race is likely if weather conditions are better than last year, when temperatures were just above freezing in the morning."

"It will still be a tough task to break the course record, which stands at 2:03:42, requiring a world record pace to be put under pressure." Said meeting director.

The fastest runners in the field are Dino Sefir (2:04:50), Feyisa Lilesa (both Ethiopia/2:04:52), Vincent Kiprutu (2:05:13), Levy Matebo Omari (2:05:16) and Albert Matebor (2:05:25) -- all Kenyans with Personal Bests of sub 2:05:30.

Eric Ndiema of Kenya (2:06:07) is also regarded as one of the big favorites, but compatriot Moses Masai (2:11:00) could produce a surprise.

The women's field will be featured by Ethiopias Meselech Melkamu  (2:21:01), Eunice Jepkirui KEN 2:21:41 and Mamitu Daska ETH 2:21:59.

The latest addition to the women's field is Tirfi Tsegaye of Ethiopia returns to Germany a year after her second place at the Berlin Marathon where she clocked a personal best mark of 2:21:19.

There is an interesting debutant from Ethiopia, Gelete Burka, the former mid-distance star, who will run her first marathon in Frankfurt.

The 27-year-old has won major medals in the 1,500m and cross country and has also demonstrated her talent on the roads in the past two years, running a world class 30:53 at 10km in Madrid’s New Year’s Eve race in 2012.

Men's Elite Field

Dino Sefir, ETHIOPIA, 2:04:50
Feyisa Lilesa ETH 2:04:52
Vincent Kipruto KEN 2:05:13
Levy Matebo Omari KEN 2:05:16
Albert Matebor KEN 2:05:25
Eric Ndiema KEN 2:06:07
Gilbert Kirwa KEN 2:06:14
Feyisa Bekele ETH 2:06:26
Benjamin Maiyo KEN 2:07:09
Dmytri Baranovskiy UKR 2:07:15
Assefa Girma ETH 2:07:43
Tadesse Abraham  SUI 2:07:45
Elijah Kemboi KEN 2:07:51
Gidena Mirach Gebremedhin ETH 2:08:28
Dereje Raya Tadesse ETH 2:08:46
Robert Kwambai KEN 2:09:14
Urige Arado Buta NOR 2:09:27
Jacob Chesari KEN 2:09:43
Meftah Abdellatif FRA  2:09:46
Lema Feiysa ETH 2:09:47
Jonathan Kiptoo KEN 2:09:57
Johnstone Maiyo KEN 2:10:03
Günther Weidlinger AUT 2:10:47
Moses Masai KEN 2:11:00
Edwin Kipyego KEN Debut
Richard Sigei KEN Debut
Abraham Chebii KEN Debut

The women's Elite Field
Meselech Melkamu ETH 2:21:01
Tirfi Tsegaye ETH 2:21:19
Eunice Jepkirui KEN 2:21:41
Mamitu Daska ETH 2:21:59
Caroline Kilel KEN 2:22:36
Birhane Dibaba ETH 2:23:51
Flomena Chepchirchir KEN 2:24:21
Hilda Kibet NED 2:24:27
Yeshi Esayias ETH 2:25:31
Hayley Haining GBR 2:29:18
Anna Hahner GER 2:30:14
Maja Neuenschwander SUI 2:30:50
Lisa Hahner GER 2:31:28
Agnieszka Ciolek-Mierzejewska POL 2:33:36
Catherine Bertone ITA 2:34:54

 


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