Tamirat Tola from Ethiopia and Angela Tanui from Kenya won the 45th edition of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon setting the fastest ever times on Dutch soil.
Tola crossed the finish-line in 2:03:39 breaking the course record set by Lawrence Cherono in 2018 with 2:04:06, which equalled Tola’s previous PB set in Dubai in 2018.
Tola broke away from the leading group with three km to go. Bernard Koech from Kenya crossed the finish-line half a minute later in second place in 2:04:09 beating Ethiopia’s Laul Gebresilase by three seconds. Jonathan Korir took the fourth place in 2:04:32. Hiskel Tewelde set the Eritrean record in fifth place with 2:04:35 ahead of Moses Kibet (2:05:17) and Aferwerki Berhane (2:05:20).
Ethiopia has won the men’s race in Amsterdam for the first time since 2010. The top 5 athletes broke the 2:05 barrier and the top 10 ran under 2:07.
The big leading pack went through the 10 km in a fast 29:10 and the 15 km in 43:58. They reached the 21 km mark in 1:02:11 and the 25 km in 1:13:49, just outside the course record pace.
Edwin and Abraham Kiptoo and Ethiopia’s Amdewerk Walelegn were left behind. Tola, Gebresilase, Hiskel Tewelde from Eritrea, Aferwerki Berhane and Kenyan runners Jonathan Korir and Bernard Koech remained at the front and went through the 35 km in 1:42:59.
Tola built up a nine-second gap on his rivals at 40 km and continued to increase his lead before crossing the finish line in 2:03:39.
Khalid Choukoud won the Dutch title with 2:10:35. He already became national champion in 2016 and succeeds Abdi Nageeye, who is preparing for the New York Marathon on 7 November.
Twenty-nine year-old Kenyan runner Angela Tanui won the women’s race crossing the finish-line in the Amsterdam Olympic stadium in 2:17:57 improving Degitu Azimarew’s previous 2:19:26 course record set in 2019.
Tanui broke away in the final stages to win by more than two minutes. She covered the second half of the race in a fast 1:07:57.
Tanui has moved to 10th in history to run the marathon distance under the 2:18 barrier. Her compatriot Maureen Chepkemoi finished runner-up in 2:20:18 overtaking Ethiopia’s Haven Hailu by one second just before the finish-line. Gebiyanesh Ayele also broke the 2:22 barrier in fourth place with 2:21:22.
Tanui ran with the leading group, who went through the 10 km in 33:00. Shashu Insemu from Ethiopia dropped back from the leading group, leaving Tanui, Chepkwemoi, Hailu, Ayele and Worknesh Alemu in the front.
The leading pack went through the 15 km in 49:48 and the halfway mark in 1:10:07. Alemu was the next runner to be dropped and trailed the leaders by 24 seconds at 25 km, which they went through in 1:23:02.
Tanui, Hailu, Ayele and Chepkemoi covered the 30 km in 1:39:37. Tanui stepped up the pace covering the 5 km split between 30 and 35 km in 15:51. She increased her lead over the chasing group to 11 seconds. She continued to break away from the rest of the field and went on to smash her previous PB of 2:20:08 set at the Siena Marathon last April.
Tanui missed Boston marathon on Monday due to visa problems while her training partner Diana Kipyogei won there.
Ruth van der Meijden won the women’s Dutch title in 2:29:55.
See the complete Amsterdam marathon results here.
Top Results men
1. Tamirat Tola (ETH) - 2:03:37
2. Bernard Koech (KEN) - 2:04:07
3. Leul Gebresilase (ETH) - 2:04:07
4. Jonathan Korir (KEN) - 2:04:32
5. Hiskel Tewelde (ERI) - 2:04:32
6. Moses Kibet (UGA) - 2:05:17
7. Afewerki Berhane (ERI) - 2:05:20
8. Kenneth Keter (KEN) - 2:06:01
9. Bernard Kipyego (KEN) - 2:06:31
10. Merhawi Kesete (ERI) - 2:06:36
Top Results women
1. Angela Tanui (KEN) - 2:17:57 Course record
2. Maureen Chepkemoi (KEN) - 2:20:18
3. Haven Hailu (ETH) - 2:20:19
4. Gebiyanesh Hailu (ETH) - 2:21:22
5. Worknesh Alemu (ETH) - 2:26:54