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Course Records Fall In Amsterdam

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 22, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 22, 2012 at 7:54 AM UTC
Meseret Hailu breaks the tape in Amsterdam on Sunday. Photo: IAAF

Conditions were optimal for the 37th edition of the race.

There was some serious speed going on at the TCS Amsterdam Marathon yesterday. Wilson Chebet of Kenya blazed 2:05:41 to shave three seconds off the old course mark to win the race.

The previous time had been held by Ethiopian Getu Feleke, who set the time in 2010.

“I am very happy with this victory,” Chebet, who has run the race three times, said. “Amsterdam is a very nice place for me.”

Bentayehu Assefa and Abrha Gebretsadik,, both running marathon debuts, took second and third respectively.

On the women’s side, Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia also set a new course record with 2:21:09. The 22-year-old has been running incredibly strong lately. Earlier this month, she won the World Half Marathon championships in Kavarna, Bulgaria.

Hailu bettered her marathon mark by six minutes and six seconds.

Coming in behind her on Sunday were Eunice Kirwa (Kenya), and Genet Getaneh (Ethiopia).

Hailu ended up breaking Tiki Gelana’s old course mark by 59 seconds.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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