(IAAF)―Kenyan Mark Korir and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia claimed convincing victories at the 35th Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (Oct. 30).
In the men’s race, Korir won a three-way battle in 2:06:48, more than 30 seconds clear of compatriots Martin Kosgei and Cybrian Kotut. In the women’s contest, Daska collected her second Frankfurt victory in 2:25:27, dramatically fending off a late-race challenge by Germany’s Fate Tola.
In the women’s race, as expected the Ethiopian pair of Mamitu Daska and Sutume Asefa Kebede established an early lead. Their early tempo suggested a possible attack on the course record of 2:21:01, set in 2012 by fellow-Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu.
Soon after they passed the halfway point in a promising 1:10:40, Mamitu Daska pulled ahead alone. However, she was hit with stomach problems around the 25-kilometre mark, forcing her to briefly stop, but still holding a safe lead. That changed after kilometers (1:57:50), when Fate Tola, running her first marathon since obtaining German citizenship, began working her way towards the front. By 37 kilometers she moved into second just as Sutume Asefa Kebede dropped out.
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