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News29 Jul 2015

Kebede will look for her third Berlin Marathon win


Aberu Kebede wins the 2012 Berlin Marathon (© BMW Berlin Marathon/Jiro Mochizuki)

Aberu Kebede from Ethiopia will return to the BMW Berlin Marathon on 27 September in a bid to get her third win at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race after victories in 2010 and 2012.

Kebede ran her personal best of 2:20:30 in the German capital three years ago.

Kenya’s world half-marathon champion Gladys Cherono will be a strong challenger for Kebede. Cherono ran 2:20:03 in her marathon debut earlier this year when finishing second in Dubai, a race in which Kebede finished fifth in 2:21.17.

Ethiopia’s 2012 world half-marathon champion Meseret Hailu, who won the Hamburg Marathon earlier this year, will also be on the start line in Berlin. She set her best of 2:21:09 when winning the 2012 Amsterdam Marathon, although she has not otherwise broken 2:25.

Local interest will be provided by Germany’s Anna Hahner, who set her best of 2:26:44 in Berlin last year.

Organisers for the IAAF

Elite field (with PBs)

Gladys Cherono (KEN) 2:20:03
Aberu Kebede (ETH) 2:20:30
Meseret Hailu (ETH) 2:21:09
Tadelech Bekele (ETH) 2:22:51
Fate Tola (ETH) 2:25:14
Eri Hayakawa (JPN) 2:25:31
Lisa Nemec (CRO) 2:25:44
Tomomi Tanaka (JPN) 2:26:05
Anna Hahner (GER) 2:26:44
Amy Cragg (USA) 2:27:03
Deborah Toniolo (ITA) 2:28:31
Maja Neuenschwander (SUI) 2:29:42
Sonia Samuels (GBR) 2:30:56
Alyson Dixon (GBR) 2:31:10
Maria Diaz (ESP) 2:32:22
Andrea Deelstra (NED) 2:32:39
Wendy Thomas (USA) 2:32:49
Iris Fuentes-Pila (ESP) debut