Kenya’s Celestine chepchirchir will be the star to watch at the 47th edition of the Amsterdam Marathon that will be held on Sunday (16) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The 26 year-old big break came in 2019, when she broke the Cape Town Marathon’s course record by three minutes as she took the honors in a time of 2:26:44. Chepchirchir notched the feat again in 2021, this time breaking the course record at the La Rochelle Marathon by taking the crown in 2:23:38. Most recently at the 2022 Seoul International Marathon, Chepchirchir set her personal best at 2:20:10 to finish fourth.
Chepchirchir who first hit the track at 14 years old, will not have an easy ride as she will face the 2011 World Cross Country Championships Bronze medallist, Azmera Gebru who comes to this race with a personal best of 2:20.48 that she got at the 2019 Amsterdam Marathon where she took the bronze medal.
The 2017 World Marathon champion, Rose Chelimo is also on the start list and will be a threat to the two considering her vast experience on the roads. The 33 year-old is a Kenyan-born Bahraini athlete and she comes to this race carrying a personal best of 2:24.14 that she got at the 2016 Seoul Marathon where she took the honors.
Three more Ethiopians Gebeyanesh Ayele, Sintayehu Tilahun and Fikrte Wereta will be fighting for the top honors as they also come to this race with their personal bests of 2:22.19, 2:24.14 and 2:26.15 respectively.
The five who have been assembled by the race organisers will have an uphill task of lowering the course record time of 2:17.57 that was set last year by Angela Tanui from Kenya.
- Celestine chepchirchir (KEN) 2:20.10
- Azmera Gebru (ETH) 2:20.48
- Gebeyanesh Ayele (ETH) 2:21.22
- Sintayehu Tilahun (ETH) 2:22.19
- Rose Chelimo (BRN) 2:24.14
- Fikrte Wereta (ETH) 2:26.15