2 Former Champs To Run Frankfurt Marathon

Vincent Kipruto, Gilbert Kirwa
and Caroline Kilel will run Frankfurt

Two former champions will return to the BMW Frankfurt Marathon while the
silver medallist of the World Championships’ Marathon from Daegu (South
Korea) 2011 has also been confirmed for the race on 27th October.

Gilbert Kirwa won Germany’'s oldest city marathon in 2009. He established
a course record of 2:06:14, which has been significantly lowered to
2:03:42 in the meantime. One of his toughest rivals will be
fellow-Kenyan Vincent Kipruto, who won the silver medal on global stage
two years ago and has a superb personal best of 2:05:13.

The women’s
race will feature a former winner and course record holder as well:
Kenya’s Caroline Kilel took the race in 2010 with 2:23:25 and then went
on to win the Boston Marathon in 2011. With bib numbers still available
organisers expect around 15,000 runners to take part in the 32nd edition
of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Kirwa'’s winning time from Frankfurt in 2009 still remains his personal
best. A series of injuries hampered his development. But in 2012 the
Kenyan, who hopes to reach times of 2:04 during his career, came back
promisingly. Kirwa finished fourth in Vienna with 2:08:09 and then took
third in the BMW Frankfurt Marathon with 2:07:35. The only two in front
of him were world record holder Patrick Makau (Kenya) and Ethiopia’s
Deressa Chimsa.

This year Kirwa had a fine performance in the Tokyo
Marathon. The 27 year-old ran 2:08:17 for sixth place in a very
competitive field. When he now returns to the venue of his biggest
success he will be eager to run much faster.

Vincent Kipruto has been among Kenya's strongest marathon runners for
some years. From 2009 to 2011 he clocked sub 2:06 times on three

First he won the Paris Marathon in 2009 with 2:05:47, then he
improved to 2:05:13 for a third place in Rotterdam in 2010 and when
returning to the Dutch race he was second with 2:05:33 in 2011.

years ago he also represented Kenya for the first and only time so far,
bringing home a marathon silver medal from the World Championships. The
BMW Frankfurt Marathon will be his first race in Germany’s financial

With the course record of 2:03:42 just four seconds away from
the world record, Kipruto knows that this could be a great opportunity
for another very fast time. He has done well this spring, winning the
Otsu Marathon in Japan with 2:08:34.

Two runners who have clocked their personal bests at the BMW Frankfurt
Marathon will return in October as well: Jonstone Maiyo (Kenya/2:10:03
in 2011) and Austria's record holder G√ľnther Weidlinger (2:10:47 in

After a period of ups and downs in the past 18 months Caroline Kilel
intends to be in top shape when she returns to Frankfurt.

This is the
place where she won with a course record of 2:23:25 three years ago. Her
performance was a stepping stone towards the Boston Marathon, where she
triumphed half a year later with 2:22:36 (still her personal best).

Returning to Frankfurt Kilel will be among the favourites to take a
second title. But competition at Germany’s number two marathon behind
Berlin is expected to be tough. More elite runners will be announced at
a later stage.

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