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Mockenhaupt Hoping To Hit A Home Run

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Sep. 17, 2010

German marathoner aiming for a podium finish in Berlin on September 26.

Sabrina Mockenhaupt of Germany is hoping to end up on the podium at the 37th edition of the real,- Berlin Marathon on September 26. Aiming for a personal best, she will face stiff competition from a trio of Ethiopian women and one runner from Japan. Mockenhaupt ran her personal best in 2008 by winning the Frankfurt Marathon in 2:26:22, making her the number two German woman behind Irina Mikitenko.

Main contenders on the flat and fast Berlin course are Bezunesh Bekele of Ethiopia who placed fourth at the Virgin London Marathon in April and owns a best of 2:23:09. Her countrywomen, Aberu Kebede and Genet Getaneh, have personal bests of 2:24:26 and 2:26:27, respectively. Tomo Morimoto of Japan, who has run 2:24;33, won the Vienna City Marathon in 2006 and will be another top contender at Berlin.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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