Blind German runner Michaela Kummer smashed the world blind women's marathon record at the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon.

Finishing in 3:20:43, Michaela knocked almost 29 minutes off the previous world record, held since 2001 by Austrian runner Gabriele Berghofer.

She ran the first 28km with her husband, Oliver, as guide. For the last 14km, she was guided by Ironman European champion Timo Bracht, running just two weeks after competing at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

"This was a very special day, with a fantastic finish in the Festival Hall," Michaela said after the race. "Thanks so much to both Oliver and Timo! Timo was a great support and we very quickly found the right running rhythm together. He was a great help and a great motivation."

Also setting a record at Frankfurt was Kenyan Gilbert Kirwa, who won the marathon in a new time of 2:06:14, beating last year's winner Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, also from Kenya, into second place by 9 seconds.

More than 12,000 runners from 71 countries participated in the marathon and related events. The winning time made it the second fastest race in Germany and the seventh fastest in the world this year.

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Marathon photographer Wolfgang Steinruck has not missed a Frankfurt Marathon in 21 years - but there were no celebrations as he took his place this year once again capturing runners as they headed for the finish line.

Photography is a passion for Wolfgang. During the week he works in an office in Stadtlauringen, Germany. On marathon weekends, he travels wherever he is needed, to photograph runners. It doesn't matter if the job is in Germany, Austria, Italy, or outside Europe; when Wolfgang gets the call, he goes.

His photo of Chrissie Wellington winning the women's Ironman World Champs in Kona, Hawaii, was the front cover of the last issue of PACE.

He will also be in Singapore in the photography team at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon. He says he is looking forward to visiting Singapore and working with a different team.

Wolfgang works with a team of German photographers who have honed their skills over many years at marathons, cycle races and triathlons throughout Europe. Their aim is to take great photos of every participant - and they do. You can see their efforts on our website.

 

 

 

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