Eight women with 2:25 PBs will clash in a high-quality race.
Ethiopia’s Besu Sado starts as the favourite in the women’s race at the Amsterdam Marathon, a World Athletics Elite Platinum Race.
Former 1500m specialist Sado took fourth place in Amsterdam in 2019 improving her PB to 2:21:03. Sado reached the Olympic final over this distance. The Ethiopian runner set a seasonal best of 2:27:06 in Milan and set a half-marathon PB of 1:08:15 in Herzogenarauch.
Sado will Take on Hailu, who will try to bounce back from the disappointment from the 2019 Amsterdam marathon, where she did not finish the race. She is aiming to improve her PB of 2:23:52 set in Siena last April.
The line-up also features Gebeiyanesh Ayele from Ethiopia, Shaso Insermu, Genet Yalew from Ethiopia and Kenya’s Mauren Chepkemoi.
Gebeyanesh Ayele clocked 2:23:23 in Siena last April. She has not won a marathon yet, but has reached the podium in four of nine 42 km races.
Insermu ran 2:23:28 in Amsterdam in 2018 and won the Madrid Marathon in 2019 in 2:26:24. She previously won marathon races in Copenaghen, Cologne, Nagano and Marrakesh, but she has not run a marathon race this year yet.
Genet Yalew, who holds a PB of 2:24:34, finished fifth at the 2016 World Half Marathon Championships two months after setting her half marathon PB of 1:06:26.
Kenya’s Maureen Chepkemoi clocked a PB of 2:24:16 in Istanbul in 2019 and just missed her lifetime best earlier with 2:24:19 in Geneva earlier this year.
The women’s course record has been held by Degitu Azimeraw with 2:19:26 since 2019.
Bo Ummels will defend her Dutch marathon title on Sunday. Ummels set her PB of 2:32:34 in Amsterdam in 2019.