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Kotut among latest additions to Frankfurt

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Cyprian Kotut on his way to winning the Paris Marathon (AFP / Getty Images) © Copyright
Cyprian Kotut on his way to winning the Paris Marathon (AFP / Getty Images) © Copyright

GERMANY, Frankfurt, Oct 18 – Kenya’s Cyprian Kotut is eager to improved his personal record during the Frankfurt Marathon scheduled to run October 30.

Organisers have added a handful of top road runners to the elite field for the IAAFGold Label Road Race.

Kotut triumphed at this year’s Paris Marathon and improved his best by almost two minutes to 2:07:11.

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World half marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir has withdrawn from the race because she felt her training hadn’t gone well enough.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.

Elite field

Men

Tadesse Tola (ETH) 2:04:49

Mark Korir (KEN) 2:05:49

Cyprian 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

Women

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

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