Abdi Nageeye from the Netherland and Bashir Abdi from Belgium will make the headlines in the men’s race at the Rotterdam NN Marathon, a World Athletics Elite Label road race, on Sunday 10th April.
Nageeye and Abdi won the Olympic silver and bronze medals in Sapporo last August in a thrilling sprint behind Eliud Kipchoge.
They are good friends and have a good memory of the Rotterdam Marathon.
Nageeye made his marathon debut in Rotterdam in 2015 finishing ninth in 2:12:33. Two years later he became the first Dutch runner to break the 2:10 barrier with 2:09:36. In 2019 he improved his national record from 2:08:16 to 2:06:17 to finish fourth in the Dutch marathon.
Abdi also made his marathon debut in Rotterdam in 2018 finishing eighth in 2:10:46 despite a fall. Last October Abdi improved the European record to 2:03:36 on the 40th edition of the Rotterdam, setting the course record and the Dutch all-comers record.
Bashir Abdi: “If we can run together on this fast course, we can go even faster. For me it is the number one marathon and that also applies to my friend Negeeye”.
The line-up also features two-time Rotterdam winner Marius Kipserem, Reuben Kipyego from Kenya, Philemon Kacheran, Leul Gebrselassie and Dawit Wolde from Ethiopia.
Kipserem won the Dutch marathon race in 2016 in 2:06:11 and in 2019 in the previous course record 2:04:11, finished fifth in 2018 in 2:07:22 and second in 2021 in 2:04:04. He is aiming to reclaim the course record, which he lost to Abdi last year.
Reuben Kipyego set his PB of 2:03:55 in Milan in May 2021 and is aiming to improve his PB on the fast Dutch course.
Ethiopia’s Dawit Wolde finished third to Abdi and Kipserem in PB of 2:04:27 in last year’s edition of the Rotterdam Marathon.
Leul Gebrselassie from Ethiopia set his PB clocking 2:04:02 in Dubai in 2018. Last year he ran two marathon races finishing fifth in Milan in 2:04:31 and third in Amsterdam in 2:04:12.
Kacheran set his PB of 2:05:19 in Valencia last year. In his previous two marathon races the Kenyan runner finished fourth in Barcelona in 2:07:12 and fifth in Valencia in 2:06:05 in 2019.
Ethiopia’s Haven Hailu, Kenya’s Stella Barsosio and Barhein’s Rose Chelimo are the fastest entrants in the women’s race. The course record has been held by Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana, who clocked 2:18:58 on the fast Dutch course in 2012. Later that year she won the Olympic gold medal in London.
Hailu improved her PB clocking 2:20:19 in Amsterdam and finished fourth in Siena Ampugnano in 2:23:52 in 2021.
Haven Hailu: “I am looking forward to running in Rotterdam. The marathon has a great reputation and a fast course. I would like to improve my PR here and try to snatch from Tiki Gelana”.
Stella Barsosio won the Rotterdam Marathon last year improving her PB to 2:22:04.
Rose Chelimo won the world gold medal in London in 2017 and finished second in Doha 2019. She took second place in Boston 2017 improving her PB to 2:22:51.
|Getaneh Molla Tamire
|Kiprop Reuben Kipyego
|Wilfred van Holst
|Sara Catarina Ribeiro
|Tristin van Ord
|Eva van Zoonen
|Liliana Maria Dragomir
|Monica Madalina Florea