Frankfurt, Germany - Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia set a course record on her marathon debut to win the 31st BMW Frankfurt Marathon here today in a time of of 2:21.01, ahead of second-placed Kenyan Georgina Rono (2: 21.39) with defending champion Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia third in 2:23.52.
The top ten finishers included two other Ethiopian athletes: Bezunesh Bekele (2:23.58) in 4th place and Zemzem Ahmed (2:27.16) in 6th place.
As expected, Patrick Makau of Kenya won the race in 2:06:08, a time that was far from his World record, and even from the course record of 2:03:42, set by his compatriot, Wilson Kipsang last year.
Deressa Chimsa of Ethiopia finished second in 2:06.52.
1. Meselech MELKAMU, ETH 2:21:01
2. Georgina RONO, KEN 2:21:39
3. Mamitu DASKA, ETH 2:23:52
4. Bezunesh BEKELE, ETH 2:23:58
6. Zemzem AHMED, ETH 2:27:16
1. Patrick MAKAU, KEN 2:06:08
2. Deressa CHIMSA, ETH 2:06:52
5. Bazu WORKU, ETH 2:08:35
8. Shume LEGESSE, ETH 2:10:01
9. Tola BANE, ETH 2:10:58