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Posted: October 14, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: 15 runners with personal bests of sub 2:09 on start list -- best ever depth in any German city marathon

The men's elite field of this year's Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon will see the best ever depth in the history of German city marathon running. A remarkable number of 15 athletes with personal bests of sub 2:09 have entered the race, which will start on 25th October. If weather conditions are fine a thrilling race could develop on the fast course through Germany's financial capital. The Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon has developed strongly in every aspect in recent years and now continues this path.

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 until 18th October at: www.frankfurt-marathon.com.

The women's field, which had been announced recently, also is the strongest in the history of the event. While Kenyans Rose Cheruiyot (2:25:48) and Agnes Kiprop (2:26:22) are among the favourites in the women's race organisers now released the top names of the men's field. Six of the athletes signed for the race have so far broken 2:08 while another nine feature personal bests of sub 2:09. No other German city marathon has brought a similar number of high caliber runners to the start line so far.

Defending champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot will be back in Frankfurt. The Kenyan had caused one of the biggest sensations in marathon running in 2008, when he took the race at his debut clocking 2:07:21. This time still stands as his personal best, but in the meanwhile he confirmed his quality by taking fifth place at the Boston Marathon in spring. The 21 year-old is one of a number of athletes capable to break the course record, which he set last year.

Kenyans Benjamin Kiptoo, who had won the Rome Marathon in spring with a personal best of 2:07:17, Hosea Rotich (PB: 2:07:24), Jason Mbote (2:07:37), Joseph Ngolepus (2:07:57) and William Kiplagat (2:06:50) are the others in with a PB of sub 2:08.

While the three time Frankfurt winner Wilfred Kigen had to withdraw due to lack of form his cousin Wilson Kigen will come back to the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon. He placed second last year with 2:08:16. Gilbert Kirwa, who won his debut marathon in Vienna this spring with a promising 2:08:21, Yared Asmerom (Eritrea), who placed eighth in the Olympic Marathon in Beijing 2008 and fourth in the World Championships' race in Osaka 2007, are two others to be watched on 25th October.

Among a number of debutants and runners who have never competed outside their African home countries so far (as applied last year's winner Cheruiyot) there is one who has recently shown that he is ready for his first marathon: John Kiprotich (Kenya) finished sixth in the Rotterdam Half Marathon in September, clocking a world-class time of 59:23 minutes.

"We hope that with such great depth on the starting line the one or the other runner will be able to break the course record, provided the weather plays its part," said Christoph Kopp, who is responsible for the elite field of the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon. Carrying the European hopes in this extraordinary field is Günther Weidlinger. The former world class steeple chaser from Austria had run his debut in Vienna this April finishing with 2:12:39.

For more information and online registration visit: www.frankfurt-marathon.com.

Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot winning the race in 2008. Photo: www.photorun.net


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