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Bashir Abdi eyes record in Rotterdam after Olympic bronze

Olympic bronze medallist Bashir Abdi plans to attack the European record while Marius Kipserem will be on the hunt for a hat-trick when the 40th NN Marathon Rotterdam, a World Athletics Elite Label road race, takes place on Sunday (24).

Kenya’s Kipserem broke the course record with 2:04:11 to win in 2019 and he leads the entries, but Belgium’s Abdi, who ran 2:04:49 in Tokyo last year, will be looking to challenge him as he attempts to beat the 2:04:16 run by Kaan Kigen Ozbilen in 2019.

“Rotterdam is the city of the marathon for me,” said Abdi. “If I have any chance of beating the European record anywhere, then it is here, but I will have to do my very best for it.”

Ethiopia’s Solomon Deksisa also has a sub-2:05 PB, having clocked 2:04:40 in Amsterdam in 2018, and they will be joined in Rotterdam by athletes including Emmanuel Saina and Gideon Kipketer of Kenya, who have respective PBs of 2:05:02 and 2:05:51, plus sub-2:07 runners Dawit Wolde, Kebede Wami Tulu and Limenih Getachew Yizengaw of Ethiopia.

Kenya’s Bornes Kitur, who ran her best of 2:21:26 in Ljubljana in 2019, and her compatriot Stella Barsosio feature in the women’s race, with Barsosio looking to go one better than her second place finish in 2019, when she ran her PB of 2:23:36.

They will line up alongside athletes including Ukraine’s Nataliya Lehonkova, Norway’s Runa Skrove Falch and Sweden’s Louise Wiker.

Marius Kipserem targets a hat-trick at the Rotterdam Marathon

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.

Desisa wins Hamburg Marathon as Kenya and Uganda flops

Ethiopia’s Solomon Desisa took top honors at the 33rd edition of the Hamburg Marathon that was held on Sunday (29) in Germany.

Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich was among the two East African runners to hold onto the three Ethiopians but he lost the lead and dropped back. At 35 k he is around half a minute behind the leaders. A group of four pass this point in 1:44:56. Ethiopians Ayele Abshero, Tadu Abate and Solomon Deksisa as well as Kenya’s Solomon Yego are in the lead.

Solomon Deksisa wins the 2018 Hamburg Marathon.Photo: Organisers

A thrilling duel develops: Abate briefly took the lead at around 39 k, however he missed a bottle and then Deksisa attacked again surging ahead to cut the tape in 2:.06.34 leading a 1-2-3 Ethiopian clean sweep.

He was closely followed by Abate 20 seconds later with Abshero closing the top three podium finish in 2:07.19.

The first Kenyan to cross the line was Solomon Kirwa Yego who finished fourth in 2:07.37 with Uganda’s finest distance runner Kiprotich coming home fifth in 2:07.57


1.Solomon Deksisa   (ETH)  2:06.34
2.Abate Tadu            (ETH)  2:06.34
3.Ayele Abshero       (ETH) 2:07.19
4. Kirwa Yego           (KEN) 2:07.37
5.Stephen Kiprotich  (UG)  2:07.57
6. Vincent Kipruto     (KEN) 2:10.31

7.Stephen Chebogut   (KEN) 2:10.33
8.Aychew Bantie       (ETH)2:11.16
9.Emmanuel Mutai    (KEN) 2:11.57
10.Ezekiel Chepkorom (UG) 2:1312

Kimutai to battle Kiprotich at Hamburg Marathon

Veteran marathon runner Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya believes he is ready to run at the top level as he heads to the 32nd edition of the Hamburg Marathon that will be held on April 29 in Hamburg, Germany.

The organizers have confirmed that a strong elite field is prepared for the Hamburg Marathon and believes the course record will be up for grabs.

Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge holds the Hamburg Marathon course record at 2:05:30, set in 2013.

“I have run a faster time before in marathon and I will be hoping to gain similar success in Hamburg. I know there will be a lot of athletes eyeing the title, but I have the ability to challenge anyone for the gold,” Mutai said on Monday in Eldoret.

Mutai will be the fastest runner in the field having clocked in at 2:03:13. However, he faces a spirited challenge from former Olympic winner Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda.

There will also be Sammy Kitwara with more Kenyans, (Vincent Kipruto and Stephen Chebogut) lined up eyeing a share of the pie.

The Ethiopian group leader is Ayele Abshero with 2:04:23 best, Solomon Deksisa and 2014 winner Shumi Dechasa with 2:06:43.

In the women’s field, there are six runners with sub 2:30 bests. On top of the list is Sweden’s Isabellah Andersson with 2:23:41, a national record, and she plans to qualify for Berlin Marathon with posting fast time in Hamburg.

But she will be up for a strong contest from Kenya’s track star Sylvia Kibet, who has a strong and fast time in marathon of 2:26:16. Shitaye Eshete from Bahrain has 2:25:36, and Namibia’s Beata Naigambo boasts 2:26:57. Rounding out the field, from Portugal, Filomena Costa comes in at 2:28:00.