2013 BMW Frankfurt: For Caroline Kilel, it was deja vu all over again, and PB! by Larry Eder

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Caroline Kilel wins BMW Frankfurt for the second time! 
photo by PhotoRun.net

The women's race was fantastic today in Frankfurt! With six women under 2:24.06, BMW Frankfurt became the first women's marathon in Germany with such depth. 

As Caroline Kilel went on to take her second title in Frankfurt (she won in 2010), Kilel took a two second pb, leading the top three women runners to personal bests. As we celebrated Kilel's win, Flomena Chepchirchir held off Berhane Dibaba by one second for second place! 

Anna and Lisa Hahner, German twins who run well at the marathon distance, both ran personal bests today, in eighth and eleventh, running just over two minutes improvement with each! 

Races do not always have to be about course records! Great competitions are remembered longer than records. 


2013 BMW Frankfurt Marathon: For Carolina Kilel, it was deja vu all over again, and a personal best! 


by Larry Eder

Caroline Kilel won the BMW Frankfurt Marathon in 2010. In 2011, Caroline Kilel won the BAA Boston Marathon in a titantic struggle with Desi Davila, the US marathoner. In 2013, Caroline battled a very tough women's field, wind and rain to run a two second personal best. 

" I like this course, and I like getting my personal best by two seconds here. I would like to come back" noted an ebullent Kilel. 

Caroline Kilel battled some of the toughest marathoners in women's running: Flomena Chepchirchir, Birhane Dibaba, Mamitu Desku, and debut marathoner Gelete Burka, who was up front midway with the leaders, in 1:11.10. 

From there, it got tough. Caroline Kilel endured the winds, the rain and Flomena Chipchirchir, who she battled for much of the race. 

From 35 kilometers on Caroline Kilel built her lead, winning in 2:22.34 as she finished in the FestivHall. Right behind her though, Flomena Chepchirchir barely held off the fast charging Birhand Daska, who was one second behind! Chepchirchir ran 2:23.00, a personal best and Dibaba ran 2:23.01, a personal best! 

For German fans, Anna Hahner ran 2:27:55 for eighth place, and her twin, Lisa, finishing eleventh, ran 2:30.17, personal bests for both. The Hahners had been following a training regimen set up by renowned coach Renato Canova. Both charged hard over the last miles, with Anna running a second half faster than the first by one minute and Lisa staying within a minute of her first half.

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Chepchirchir, Kilel, Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net  

Remarkable races for a remarkable field! 

2013 BMW Berlin Marathon, Top ten women, 1. Caroline Kilel, KEN, 2:22.34, 2. Flomena Chepchirir, KEN, 2:23.00, 3. Birhane Dibaba, ETH, 2:23.01, 4. Mamitu Deska, ETH, 2:23.23, 5. Eunice Jepki Kirwa, ETH, 2:23.45, 6. Yeshi Esayias, ETH, 2:24.06, 7. Tirfi Tsega Beyene, ETH, 2:26.57, 8. Anna Hahner, GER, 2:27.55 PB, 9. Hilda Kibet, NLD, 2:28.49, 10. M. Neuenschwander, SUI, 2:29.42,#bmwfrankfurt

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