Kenya’s Amos Kipruto will lead other a Kenyan contigent at the TCS Amsterdam Marathhon that will be held on Sunday 15 October in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The 25 year-old who is fresh from winning the Seoul Marathon with a PB of 2:05.54 slashing off two minutes from his previous time.
Kipruto will battle for honors with Ethiopian Tesfaye Abera who on paper has the fastest time of 2:04.24 that he got this year after lifting the 2016 Dubai Marathon. The 25 year-old is placed 13th on the world all time list.
When speaking to athletics.co.ke, Kipruto said, “I am very much ready for the race and my body has been responding well in training. Am praying for success and even hoping to get a PB at this race. I know him (Abera) very well because I was his pacemaker when he ran in Dubai Marathon last year so I will be cautious on how I tackle him and above all Let God’s will be done on that day.”
Debutant Edwin Kiptoo is another elite looking for a podium finish after finishing fourth at the Dam tot Dam after failing to defend it but has a PB of 59:56 he got in New Delhi.
After giving Mo Farah a test of what he has at the Great North Run, Zane Robertson from New Zealand will be making his marathon debut in Dutch capital.
The 27 year-old who lives and trains in Iten, Kenya holds the national record in 10,000m and the half marathon record of 59:47.
Somali born now Dutch citizen Abdi Negeeye will be seeking to improve his PB of 2:00.39 in the hope that he beats Kamiel Maase national record of 2:08.21 that he set at this race in 2007.