Kenya’s Mark Korir claimed a convincing victory as he led a Kenyan 1-2-3 clean sweep at the 35th Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (October 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 defending champion Cybrian Kotut.
Kosgei posted 2:07:22 in second place, a substantial improvement over his previous best of 2:09:50 set in Hannover in 2015.
Kotut, the current Paris Marathon champion, suffered a hamstring injury late in race which ultimately left him out of contention.
“Everything was okay until 35-k when I got the injury,” said Kotut, the younger brother of marathon great Martin Lel. “Nonetheless I am happy to have run 2:07 despite the problem.”
Further back Bobby Curtis of the US was fourth in 2:11:20, equalling his lifetime best, with Tola fifth in 2:11:52.
Korir, the 2015 Paris Marathon winner, began his decisive attack with five kilometres remaining, and was never significantly threatened en route to the race’s dazzling indoor finish area in Frankfurt’s Festhalle.
In the women’s contest, Kenya’s Sarah Jebet settled for third place in 2:27.07 in the race won by Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska.
Daska collected her second Frankfurt victory in 2:25:27, dramtically fending off a late-race challenge by Germany’s Fate Tola.
“I could have run 15 seconds faster, but I did not see Mamitu Daska early enough,” said Tola, who clocked 2:25:42. Nonetheless, she wasn’t disappointed. “It was a great race for me, I am really happy.“
- Mark Korir, KEN 2:06:48
- Martin Kosgei, KEN 2:07:22
- Cybrian Kotut, KEN 2:07:28
- Bobby Curtis, USA 2:11:20
- Tadesse Tola, ETH 2:11:52
- Birhanu Achamie, ETH 2:12:19
- Weldu Gebretsadik, NOR 2:12:20
- Koen Naert, BEL 2:12:27
- Moses Masai, KEN 2:13:23
- Rene Cuneaz, ITA 2:15:32
- Mamitu Daska, ETH 2:25:27
- Fate Tola, GER 2:25:42
- Sarah Jebet, KEN 2:27:07
- Lindsay Flanagan, USA 2:29:28
- Charlotte Purdue, GBR 2:30:04
- Martina Strähl, SUI 2:30:58
- Helen Tola, ETH 2:31:27
- Mona Stockhecke, GER 2:31:30
- Tracy Barlow, GBR 2:32:05
- Milda Vilcinskaite, LTU 2:34:48