The Ethiopian athletes Tamirat Tola and Angela Tanui won the 45th marathon in Amsterdam on Sunday morning. Both athletes ran a course record. The Dutch title went to Khalid Choukoud for the men, Ruth van der Meijden was the fastest for the women.
With a provisional finishing time of 2.03.38, Tola broke the course record set by Lawrence Cherono in 2018 (2.04.06) and also his personal best. At three kilometers from the finish in the Olympic stadium, the Ethiopian ran away from the leading group. Half a minute after him, Kenyan Moses Koech crossed the line, followed by Tola’s compatriot Leul Gebresilase.
In the women’s race, 29-year-old Tanui ran more than two minutes off her personal best. In 2.17.57 she was also almost one and a half minutes faster than the top time that her compatriot Degitu Azimeraw ran in Amsterdam in 2019. Tanui was supposed to run in the Boston marathon, but moved to the Amsterdam marathon due to visa problems. It was already the third marathon she won this year.
In Amsterdam, the Dutch marathon titles were also distributed on Sunday. Choukoud was the fastest in the men’s race with a time of 2:10.35. He already became Dutch champion five years ago and now succeeds Abdi Nageeye, who skipped the Dutch National Championships and is preparing for the New York marathon on November 7th. In the women’s race, Ruth van der Meijden took over the title from Bo Ummels in 2:29.55.