Kenya’s Wilson Chebet commonly known as ‘mister Amsterdam’ will be looking to redeem himself at the 42nd edition of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon that will be held on Sunday (15) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The 32 yra-old is familiar with this course having won the 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions and is always very happy to run the popular fast course in Amsterdam and he will be hoping to make history as he tries to win the fourth time.
The Marakwet County born athlete held the course record of 2:05.36 that he set in 2013 but it was thrashed last year by Daniel Wanjiru who shaved off 15 seconds to bring it down to 2:05.21.
Ethiopia’s Mule Wasihun comes to this race with the third fastest time on the start list of 2:05:44which is his highest achievement that he got when he came second in 2016 at the Dubai Marathon. The Ethiopian also ran in Amsterdam last year, but didn’t make it to the podium.
Another hopeful athlete to challenge for honors is Stephen Chebogut from Kenya who won the 2015 Eindhoven Marathon in 2:05:52.
The 32-year-old Kenyan is an experienced marathon runner having also come second in the Paris Marathon and third in the Hamburg Marathon.
Another title threat is Tesfaye Abera who is the fastest on the start line up as he comes to the race with a PB of 2:04.24 that he got at the2016 Dubai Marathon which ranks places him as the thirteenth fastest man in history.
Amos Kipruto will want to quickly to forget visa disappointment of last month’s half marathon in Lille to focus on the title hunt at Amsterdam as he comes with a PB of 2:05.54 that he got in March at the Seoul Marathon.
It is up to Abdi Nageeye to uphold Dutch honour. Besides seeking to improve his personal best, he will also be looking to beat Kamiel Maase’s national record of 2:08:21. The best marathon runner of the moment is the odds-on favourite to win the Dutch national marathon title in Amsterdam.