Kenya’s Marius Kipserem will be going for a hat-trick at the 40th edition of the Rotterdam Marathon that will be held on Sunday (24) in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Kipserem comes to this race as the fastest runner and the race course record holder of 2:04.11 that he set at the 2019 edition.
The 33 year-old will battle for the top honors with the Tokyo marathon bronze medallist Bashir Abdi the somali born now trading for Belgium.
Abdi comes to this race with a personal best of 2:04.49 that he got at the 2020 Tokyo Marathon. The 2018 European silver medallist Champion in 10,000m will be targeting to lower the European marathon record of 2.04.16 that is held by Kaan Kigen Ozbilen from Turkey who had smashed Mo Farah’s previous record of 2:05.11.
Another title contender is Ethiopians Solomon Deksisa who has the second fastest time on paper of 2:04.40 that he got at the 2018 Amsterdam Marathon where he finished in third place.
Kenya will also be represented by Emmanuel Saina who holds a personal best of 2:05.02 that he got at the 2019 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon and Gideon Kipketer who carries on his shoulder a personal best of 2:05.51 that he got at the 2017 Tokyo Marathon. Ethiopia has three more title contenders that include Dawit Wolde of 2:06.18, Kebede Tulu of 2:06.32 and Limenih Yizengaw of 2:06.47.
This top 8 elite athletes will be joined in the first group by John Langat of 2:07.11, Asefa Tefera Mengisa of 2:07.47, Cyrus Mutai of 2:10.28 and Titus Kipruto of 2:12.43.
The race organisers have put together this top elite athletes to chase and lower the race course record with a good margin.