Kenya’s Nancy Kiprop and former Xiamen Marathon winner Mare Dibaba ftom Ethiopia will face off at the 37th edition of the Frankfurt Marathon that will be held on October, 28 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Kiprop who is the Vienna Marathon champion and Dibaba have been selected to try and lower the race course record of 2:21.01 that was set in 2012 by Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu.
That means that Kiprop must improve her own best time past the current mark of 2:24.18, which she set in April as she retained her title she won last year in Austria’s capital.
“It gonna be hard work to shake off four minutes. But look at what Eliud Kipchoge did in Berlin, I believe anything can go and I want to see how fast I can run in Frankfurt against some of the strongest challengers. The first priority is to master the pace and win the race, and then the time will fall in,” said Kiprop.
Dibaba on the other hand comes to this race with a personal best of 2:19.52 that she got at the 2012 Dubai Marathon. The 28 year-old Ethiopian is also the 2015 World Marathon Champion.
Last year Olympic 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot won her maiden marathon race in 2 hours 23 minutes and 35 seconds, she has also not confirmed if she will be defending her title.
“We are looking forward to a thrilling women’s race with world-class runners,” said race director Jo Schindler. “We are pleased when athletes of this caliber choose Frankfurt for their autumn marathon. It is always our aim to present world-class athletes and at the same time to offer perfect conditions for every single runner.”