Meselech Melkamu of Ethopia cheers after winning the women’s race of the Frankfurt Marathon
Patrick Makau won the Frankfurt marathon in cold and sunny conditions but failed to break his world record on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Kenyan crossed the line in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 8 seconds.
Makau was hoping to challenge his world-best mark of 2:03:38 set in Berlin 13 months ago. “My legs weren’t good today, they weren’t reacting but I found strength in the end,” said Makau, who took the lead for the first time with 1:56:40 on the clock after overtaking Deressa Chimsa of Ethiopia.
Chimsa had made a break from the lead group after the 30 kilometer mark but was unable to find a response as Makau looked back, and had to settle for second in 2:06:52. The 2009 winner, Gilbert Kirwa of Kenya, was third in 2:07:35, with compatriot Peter Some fourth, and Bazu Worku of Ethiopia fifth, in the 31st edition of Germany’s oldest city marathon.
On her marathon debut, Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 2:21:01, a course record. Kenyan Georgina Rono finished second in 2:21:39, with defending champion Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia third in 2:23:52.
Bezunesh Bekele of Ethiopia and Agnes Barsosio of Kenya were fourth and fifth, respectively.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Results Sunday from the Frankfurt Marathon:
1. Patrick Makau, Kenya, 2:06:08.
2. Deressa Chimsa Edea, Ethiopia, 2:06:52.
3. Gilbert Kirwa, Kenya, 2:07:35.
4. Peter Kimeli Some, Kenya, 2:08:29.
5. Bazu Worku, Ethiopia, 2:08:35.
6. Albert Matebor, Kenya, 2:08:57.
7. Victor Kipchirchir, Kenya, 2:09:16.
8. Shume Hailu Legesse, Ethiopia, 2:10:03.
9. Tola Bane, Ethiopia, 2:11:01.
10. Isaias Habtemicael Beyn, Eritrea, 2:11:56.