Ethiopian Getu Feleke won Amsterdam Marathon with new record

Getu feleke wins Amsterdam marathon

AMSTERDAM, October 17 (Xinhua) — Getu Feleke won the 35th edition of the Amsterdam marathon on Sunday in perfect sunny conditions.

The 23-year-old Ethiopian recorded a new course record of 2:05:44. The previous record set by Kenya’s Gilbert Yegon last year was 2:06:18.

Wilson Chebet from Kenya made his marathon debut grabbing the second position in 2:06:12 and favourite Chala Dechase from Ethiopia had to settle for the third place in 2:07:24. Ethiopian athletes Cherkos Feleke (2:07:29) and Hailu Mekonnen (2:07:38) finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Getu feleke wins Amsterdam marathon
Getu feleke wins Amsterdam marathon

After 35 kilometres the leading group was reduced to seven athletes and Getu Feleke took the lead. The Ethiopian opened a gap which he maintained to the end. He arrived ahead of the others in the Olympic stadium of Amsterdam to take his first major marathon win.

“I am very happy” , was the only thing the breathless winner could say after his race.

The women’s marathon was also dominated by the Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes. Alice Timbilil from Kenya won in a personal best time of 2:25:03, while Ethiopians Eyerusalem Kuma (2:27:05) and Robe Guta (2:27:44) finished second and third.

Source: Xinhua

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