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Agnes Kiprop and Firehiwot Dado added to best ever women's field
The women's field of the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon on 25th October has
considerably grown in strength with more elite runners added. Most
prominent names among the new entries are Kenya's Agnes Kiprop and
Ethiopia's Firehiwot Dado, who both won big spring marathons this year.
While Kiprop took the Turin Marathon Dado won the Rome Marathon.
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
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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