• Lemma and Jelela added to Frankfurt marathon elites

Article source:

Sisay Lemma Kaseya, winner of this year's Vienna City Marathon, and his Ethiopian compatriot Koren Jelela Yal are two high quality late additions to the elite field for the Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday, October 25. Both athletes will be contenders for top honours in the race beside the River Main. Entries for the Frankfurt Marathon, which has an IAAF Gold Label, the highest category awarded to an international road race, are still open and can be accessed at: www.frankfurt-marathon.com. The race organisers expect approximately 15,000 participants.

All the signs from his career so far are that Sisay Lemma can produce a special performance in the Frankfurt Marathon. The Ethiopian, who began his career at the age of 17 running barefoot for lack of running shoes, achieved a breakthrough this year after he had already impressed by winning the Warsaw Marathon with 2:09:02 in 2013.

He began 2015 in fine style with a fifth place and a big improvement on his personal best with 2:07:06 in the traditionally high quality Dubai Marathon in January. This was just the beginning to a year which has already indicated his ability for the big occasion. Vienna in April was the setting for the biggest victory of his career so far. "If it hadn't been windy and had I been put under more pressure from my rivals, I could have run 2:05," reflected Sisay Lemma after he broke away from the field at 27 kilometres and won by almost five minutes in 2:07:31. Frankfurt could mark a major step forward as Lemma targets Olympic qualification for Rio next year. He'll certainly have plenty of African rivals to spur him on in Frankfurt as well as Arne Gabius, who will be aiming for the German record of 2:08:47.

Another addition to the elite start list is Koren Jelela, a proven performer of world class, who has returned to top flight competition after maternity this year. The goal in Frankfurt for the 28-year-old Ethiopian will be to regain the level of her past performances where her best stands at 2:22:43 in winning the Toronto Marathon in 2011. This performance ranks her as the fastest woman in the field. Other notable successes include winning the 2011 Mumbai Marathon and the Istanbul title a year later. She also finished third in Paris in 2011.

More Information and online entry is available at: www.frankfurt-marathon.com

Photo source: www.photorun.net

Latest Videos
» Live Stream Athletics
Sunday, Feb 17th at 00:00 (UTC)
Sunday, Feb 17th at 07:30 (UTC)
Sunday, Feb 17th at 10:00 (UTC)
» Flash News
• Fast European Sprinting at national championships

Several European women sprinters achieved fast times in different parts of Europe on Saturday. Mujinga Kambundji equaled  World lead to win Suiss indoor title in 7.08. Ewa Swoboda took the Polish 60m crown in 7.15. Dafne Schippers prevailed in the Dutch championships in 7.18 seconds while young dutch Seedo 7.27 set European all-time U18 best. Asha Phillip 7.14 at Birmingham GP.

February 17, 2019 See More on: Twitter

• Klosterhalfen 3000m NR/WL 8:32.47 at German Championships

Konstanze Klosterhalfen set a national record and World lead of 8:32.47 on day 1 at the German indoor championships. Also, Christina Schwanitz prevailed in the shot put with a World lead of 19.54m. Kristin Gierisch won the triple jump in a new meet record 14.38m. David Storl took the men's shot put with 21.32m SB. Kevin Kranz 5.59sec and Lisa Kwayie 7.19sec won the men's and women's  60m finals respectively.

February 16, 2019 See More on: German Champ Results

• Russia fields 11 athletes for 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow

A coaching staff of Russia Athletics Federation has recommended a team of 11 athletes to participate as neutral athletes at the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships. Maria Lasitskene (HJ), Anzhelika Sidorova (PV), Polina Miller (sprints), Olga Mullina (PV), Maria Aglitskaya (sprints), Ilya Shurenev (Hept.), Ilya Ivanyuk (PV), Maxim Afonin (SP), Georgy Gorokhov (PV), Alexei Fyodorov (TJ), Yegor Nikolayev (mid-distance).

February 16, 2019 See More on: TASS.COM

• Medals for European Indoor Championships unveiled in Glasgow

The organizers of the Glasgow 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships have unveiled the event’s official medals with just over a fortnight until the championships take place from 1-3 March.  The local organizing committee has teamed up with the acclaimed Glasgow School of Art, whose resident designer Andrew Fleming has designed the official medals for the upcoming championships.

February 15, 2019 See More on: European Athletics

Past Headlines Latest Results Upcoming Events
Watch Athletics
©2019 WATCHATHLETICS.COM. All rights reserved.