Kipsang And Daska Set Course Records In Frankfurt

Wilson Kipsang of Kenya was only four seconds shy of the world-record mark in Frankfurt on Sunday. Photo: PhotoRun.net

A total of 14 runners went sub-2:10.

Wilson Kipsang of Kenya was only four seconds shy of the world-record mark in Frankfurt on Sunday. Photo: PhotoRun.net

There’s no doubt about it: The marathon continues to get faster.

On Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany, Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang became the second-fastest runner to cover the 26.2-mile distance on an IAAF-sanctioned course. The 29-year-old son of a farmer crossed the finish line of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon in 2:03:42–four seconds shy of Patrick Makau’s world record that was set in Berlin last month.

“It’s OK,” Kipsang said at the finish, “I’m very happy with the time. The pacemaking was fine, they did a good job. I’ll try to do it [break the world record] next year. This has given me even more motivation.”

It was Kipsang’s fourth attempt at the marathon. He won last year’s Frankfurt Marathon in 2:04:57.

“The world record is on the way!” he exclaimed.

Second and third place went to Kenya’s Levy Matebo in 2:05:16 and Albert Matebor (2:05:25).

In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska prevailed with a new course record. Her winning time was 2:21:59.

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