Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Features

Aiyabei sets new course record in Frankfurt

Kenya’s Valary Aiyabei celebrating after smashing the women’s Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday, 27th Oct, 2019. Photo/COURTESY

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – Valary Aiyabei lived up to expectations at the 2019 Frankfurt Marathon, returning an amazing time of 2 Hours, 19 Minutes, 09 Seconds to become the first woman to break sub 2:20 in the race on Sunday.

The Kenyan set off at 2:12 pace and inevitably slowed but she still managed to floor Ethiopians and reclaim the title for Kenya in the women’s race that was last won by Vivian Cheruiyot in 2017.

It is also the fifth fastest time this year in the world. The second was Ethiopian Megertu Kebede in 2:21:10 while compatriot and defending champion Meskerem Assefa (Ethiopia) came in third clocking 2:22:11.

“The goal was to lower my personal best,” said Aiyabei, who had come up with a best time of 2:20:53. Despite their furious beginning, attacking the world record was not an issue for them. “It’s not easy to walk alone. I had to fight through it.”

The 28-year-old Aiyabei provided a breathtaking pace from the start, always well ahead of her rivals.

Kenyan Valary Aiyabei celebrating after crossing the finish line at Frankfurt Marathon where she set a new course record. Photo/COURTESY

In the first 10 kilometers, Aiyabei put in 31:44 minutes and thus significantly below world record speed. Although her husband and pacemaker Kenneth Tarus got off the stomach after just 15 kilometers, she made a terrific race on the Frankfurt track.

At the half marathon she passed after 67:42 minutes. Aiyabei had to put up with the pace a bit, but was able to pull through her race well and realize in 2:19:10 hours, the first Frankfurt women’s time under 2:20. The course record of 2:20:36, which this year’s third Meskerem Assefa had achieved in the previous year, improved it by 1:26 minutes.

Behind the winner ran with respect distance a high-class group, which aimed for a long time also for a result under 2:20 hours.

In the end, the Ethiopian Megertu Kebede took second place in a personal best of 2:21:10. The defending champion and last year’s winner Assefa crashed a few meters before the finish on the red carpet and was in 2:22:14 third ahead of the 10,000-meter European champion Lonah Salpeter (Israel) in 2:23:11.

With these outstanding results, the Frankfurt race improved by one place in seventh place in the list of the fastest women’s city marathon races (average of the fastest ten times).

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

More on Capital Sports

Football

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – There is light at the end of the tunnel. After failed promises over the last three years since its...

Athletics

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 8 – Olympic Champion Caster Semenya and wife Violet Raseboya have hinted that they might be expecting a baby in a...

Athletics

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – Daniel Wanjiru, the 2017 London Marathon champion has been slapped with a four-year ban by the World Athletics Disciplinary...

NFL

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Kenya’s history making Daniel Adongo, the first Kenyan to play in America’s National Football League (NFL), is now living...

© 2020 Capital Digital Media. Capital Group Limited. All Rights Reserved