• Strong Fields Set for Rotterdam Marathon

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The 35th edition of Rotterdam Marathon, the IAAF gold lable road race, will take place on Sunday, April 12. This year the organizers have attracted the strogest field ever with 11 men with personal best marks below 2:10. Among them there are four man, who has run the 42.192km race below 2:05 mark. 

 

The fastest man on the paper, James Kwambai of Kenya will return to Rotterdam where he posted his PB mark of 2:04.27  back in 2009. Kwambai will be accompanied by his Kenyan  teammates Bernard Koech (PB 2.04.53) and Jonathan Maiyo (PB 2.04.56) . The second fastest man with sub 2:05 (2.04.52) PB is Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa. Lelissa in January finished in fourth place at Dubai marathon with a mark of 2:06:35. Lilesas countryman Abera Kuma set his personal best of 2.05.56 at last years Berlin marathon where Kenya's Dennis Kimmetto set current world marathon record of 2:02:57.

The women's marathon field will be led by 42-year-old Netherland's runner Miranda Boonstra, who set a her PB of 2:27.32 in Rotterdam in 2012. 

Men's Elite Runners

James Kwambai (Ken, 32) 2.04.27 2009, Rotterdam
Feyisa Lilesa (Eth, 25) 2.04.52 2012, Chicago
Bernard Koech (Ken, 27) 2.04.53 2013, Dubai
Jonathan Maiyo (Ken, 27) 2.04.56 2012, Dubai
Abera Kuma (Eth, 24) 2.05.56 2014, Berlijn
Mark Kiptoo (Ken, 38) 2.06.16 2013, Frankfurt
Gilbert Yegon (Ken, 34) 2.06.18 2009, Amsterdam
Mergersa Bacha (Eth, 30) 2.06.56 2013, Parijs
Tabalu Zawude (Eth, 27) 2.07.10 2014, Frankfurt
Asmare Abate (Eth, 31) 2.09.56 2013, Düsseldorf
Michel Butter (Ned, 29) 2.09.58 2012, Amsterdam
Gezahegna Abera (Eth, 30) 2.10.17 2013, Barcelona
Reid Coolsaet (Can, 35) 2.10.55 2011, Toronto
Abdelhadi El Hachimi (Bel, 40) 2.11.30 2011, Amsterdam
Abdi Nageeye (Ned, 25) 2.11.33 2014, Enschede
Andrea Lalli (Ita, 27) 2.12.48 2014, Turijn
Raul Pacheco (Per, 35) 2.13.18 2014, Otsu
Willem van Scheurbeeck (Bel, 30) 2.13.55 2014, Rotterdam
Raul Machacuay (Per, 32) 2.15.51 2014, Daegu

Women Elite Athletes

Miranda Boonstra (Ned, 42) 2.27.32 2012, Rotterdam
Krista Duchene (Can, 38) 2.28.32 2013, Toronto
Asami Kato (Jap, 24) 2.28.51 2014, Brisbane
Gladys Tejeda (Per, 29) 2.31.48 2013, Santiago de Chili
Marta Tigabea (Eth, 24) 2.31.54 2014, Porto
Bornes Kitur (Ken, 27) 2.33.50 2015, Hannover
Melanie Panayiotou (Aus, 30) 2.35.01 2014, Glasgow
Clara Canchanya (Per, 32) 2.37.07 2013, Daegu
Carmen Martinez (Par, 32) 2.37.07 2013, Asuncion 
Leila Luik (Est, 29) 2.37.11 2013, Sjanghai 
Liina Luik (Est,29) 2.40.45 2013, Sjanghai 
Hortensia Arzapalo (Per, 32) 2.40.49 2011, Santiago de Chili
Lily Luik (Est, 29) 2.41.58 2014, Turijn
Hanna Vandenbussche (Bel, 27) 2.45.02 2014, Annecy

 

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