Lawrence Cherono sets new track record: 2.05.09
Today, Lawrence Cherono won the TCS Amsterdam Marathon in a new track record of 2.05.09. The Kenyan was the first to cross the finish line in the sun-drenched Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. Among the female runners, Tadelech Bekele celebrated victory with a personal best of 2.21.54.
The TCS Amsterdam Marathon’s top five were especially fast this year. At least five athletes ran times under 2.06, making Amsterdam one of the fastest marathons in the world. As well as Cherono, the number two across the finish, Norbert Kigen, also beat the previous track record of 2.05.21 run by Daniel Wanjiru last year. Kigen ran the 42.195 kilometres in a time of 2.05.13. Abraham Kiptum completed the podium with his time of 2.05.26. Mule Wasihun came in fourth place, running 2.05.39, and Amos Kipruto came fifth with 2.05.43.
At the end of the race, it was once again clear to see how unique the strong, broad field of runners in Amsterdam is. Today, a large group of athletes stayed together for a long time and the real competition was only decided in the last few kilometres. The knockout competition among the lead group was made up of 20 runners and started after the 30-kilometre mark. Favourites such as Wilson Chebet and Tesfaye Abera could not keep up with the fast pace. The top five runners bolted through and made the final few kilometres very tense. The winner was only decided inside the stadium.
The winner, Lawrence Cheprono, set the pace throughout the race. ‘The race was well-controlled. After the 30-kilometre mark I began to push on and it was only in the last kilometre that I thought about the victory. I’m extremely happy’, said the Kenyan, who achieved an impressive personal best.
There was also a new track record among the women. The winner among the female competitors, the Ethiopian Tadelech Bekele, said at the end that she had stomach problems, which she had to allow time for in the last five kilometres. Nevertheless, she was very happy with her victory and new personal best of 2.21.54. Gladys Chesir came in second place with a time of 2.24.51, and Azmera Abreha followed in third with 2.25.23. The Dutch champion was Mireille Baart, with 2.44.21.
Today, the TCS Amsterdam Marathon, which has received the IAAF Gold Label, welcomed 44,643 participants in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam across the various races (TCS Marathon, Mizuno Half Marathon, TCS 8 km and kids’ run). With a record 127 nationalities present, the atmosphere in and around the Olympic Stadium was overwhelming. The race was followed live in 190 countries.