Tokyo Olympics silver medallist, Abdi Nageeye smashed the Dutch National Record as he beat a strong deep elite field at the 41st edition of the NN Rotterdam Marathon that was held on Sunday (10) in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The Somali-Dutch born athlete was forced to a sprint finish by Ethiopia’s Leul Gebresilase who could not onto the third kick attempt which was too much for him.
The 33 year-old who is also coached by Eliud Kipchoge’s coach, Patrick Sang, forged ahead with a powerful kick to smash the Dutch National Record 2:06.17 that he set last year with a new Record of 2:04.54 which is also his personal best. Negeeye also became the first Dutch to win this race
Kenya’s Reuben Kipyego Kiprop who was the the second fastest athlete on paper with a time of 2:03.55 and who had led the race from the 30km mark was forced to settle in third place with a time of 2:05.10.
The race course record of 2:03.36 that was set last year by Tokyo marathon Olympic bronze medallist Bashir Abdi from Belgium remains intact.
- Abdi Negeeye (NE) 2:04.54
- Leul Gebresilase (ETH) 2:04.54
- Reuben Kiprop (KEN) 2:05.10