Frankfurt, GermanyMamitu Daska will be targeting a sub-2:20 performance when she returns to defend her BMW Frankfurt Marathon title on 28 October.

Daska, along with fellow-Ethiopian Bezunesh Bekele, are hoping to crack that still-formidable barrier for the first time in the Germany’s oldest city marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Daska is not only the defending champion, but also the course record holder at 2:21:59, a mark which took down Kenyan Caroline Kilel’s 2:23:25 performance set in 2010. The men’s course was also set last year when Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang clocked 2:03:42 and missed the World record by only four seconds. Read more