Monday, October 27, 2014

Ethiopian Aberu Kebede win BMW Frankfurt Marathon

Aberu Kebede
Aberu Kebede upstaged her male counterparts at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, when she won in 2:22:21 on Sunday (26).
For much of the second half of the race, Kebede looked set to break the course record of 2:21:01 set by her compatriot Meselech Melkamu two years ago, and she reached the 35km mark in 1:56:38 after having been out on her own from just after the halfway point, but she tired over the final four kilometres and Melkamu’s mark slipped from her grasp.
Despite her win in the third fastest time of her 13-marathon career, with six wins now to her name, there will be an element of disappointment for Kebede that she did not run faster.
At the pre-race press conference, she openly talked about reducing her personal best of 2:20:30 set two years ago when winning in Berlin.
Kenya’s 2011 IAAF World Championships bronze medallist Sharon Cherop was second with 2:23:44.

She was together with Kebede and Melkamu, who was later to drop out just after 30km, as the trio reached halfway in 1:10:35 but had no answer when Kebede started to increase the pace shortly afterwards.
Ethiopia’s Ashetu Bekere took third place in 2:24:59, coming through strongly after 21 kilometres after going through the halfway point as part of a group of four running 1:25 behind the front three. She sliced almost three minutes off her previous best of 2:27.47 set when winning last year’s Kosice Marathon.

Leading Results:
1 Mark Kiptoo KEN 2:06:49
2 Mike Kigen KEN 2:06:59
3 Gilbert Yegon KEN 2:07:08
4 Tebalu Zawude ETH 2:07:10
5 Deribe Robi ETH 2:07:16
6 Ronald Korir KEN 2:07:29
7 Daniel Wanjiru KEN 2:08:18
8 Adugna Takele ETH 2:08:31
9 Arne Gabius GER 2:09:32
10 Allan Kiprono KEN 2:09:38
1. Aberu Kebede ETH 2:22:21
2. Sharon Cherop KEN 2:23:44
3. Ashete Bekere ETH 2:24:59
4. Emily Ngetich KEN 2:25:14
5. Helah Kiprop KEN 2:27:14
6. Winny Jepkorir KEN 2:29:05
7. Emma Stepto GBR 2:32:40
8. Mona Stockhecke GER 2:33:50
9. Adriana Nelson USA 2:33:54
10. Hayley Munn GBR 2:37:44