Organisers of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon have added a handful of top road runners to the elite field for the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on 30 October.
Cyprian Kotut triumphed at this year’s Paris Marathon and improved his best by almost two minutes to 2:07:11. The 24-year-old will be eager to run another personal record on Frankfurt’s flat course.
The Kenyan will be up against the previously announced Tadese Tola and Mark Korir.
Last year’s runner-up, Dinkinesh Mekash, will return to Frankfurt, looking to improve on the 2:23:12 PB she set in the German city in 2015.
Fellow Ethiopian Sutume Asefa has also been added to the field. The 22-year-old made her marathon debut earlier this year, clocking 2:24:00 in Dubai. She followed that with a runner-up finish in Rotterdam.
World half marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir has withdrawn from the race because she felt her training hadn’t gone well enough. But the field still includes the likes of 2011 Frankfurt Marathon winner Mamitu Daska and Germany’s Fate Tola.
Organisers for the IAAF
Tadesse Tola (ETH) 2:04:49
Mark Korir (KEN) 2:05:49
Cybrian Kotut (KEN) 2:07:11
Weldu Gebretsadik (NOR) 2:09:14
Birhanu Achamie (ETH) 2:09:27
Moses Masai (KEN) 2:10:36
Samson Gezahai (ERI) Debut
Mamitu Daska (ETH) 2:21:59
Dinknesh Tefera (ETH) 2:23:12
Sutume Asefa Kebede (ETH) 2:24:00
Fate Tola (GER) 2:25:14
Sarah Chebet (KEN) 2:27:59
Gladys Tejeda (PER) 2:28:12
Kumeshi Deressa (ETH) 2:28:42
Doris Changeywo (KEN) 2:31:5