Kibet Headlines Rotterdam Marathon Field

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 29, 2013
  • Updated Mar. 29, 2013 at 4:49 PM UTC
Hida Kibet is the fastest Dutch citizen entered in the Rotterdam Marathon. Photo:

Dutchwoman is looking for her first win at the race.

This year’s ABN-AMRO Marathon Rotterdam set for April 14 is chock-full of talent. At the top of the start list for the women is former European Cross-Country Champion Hilda Kibet.

In the Dutch city, Kibet hopes to win her first 26.2-mile race. Two years ago in Rotterdam, she came in second with an impressive time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 27 seconds.

Kibet’s racing season this year has gotten off to a solid start. At the Roma-Ostia Half Marathon, she set a new PR (1:07:59).

Squaring off against Kibet, a Dutch citizen, is a strong contingent of Ethiopians. Misikir Mekonnin owns a 2:25:21 PR for the marathon. This year, she prevailed at the Hong Kong Marathon with a 2:30:49.

The top American competing in Rotterdam is Adriana Nelson, who placed second in Chicago with a 2:28:52.

On the men’s side, six runners have personal bests under 2:06: Berhanu Shiferaw, Getu Feleke, Bazu Worku, Tilahun Regassa, Wilson Chebet and Sammy Kitwara. Also in the field are Geoffrey  Kipsang, Assefa Bentayehu and Augustine Rono.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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