* above photo by Helene van Klinken
Rotterdam Marathon Report
“I came here six weeks ago and caught up with the people of Rotterdam and saw the track. I promised them that I would win, so, it is good to win. It is good to win and to get a good time.” (interview with Losse Veter)
The Rotterdam Marathon of 13 April, 2014, was sold out. This was on day in which major marathons were also held in London and Vienna. Wilson Kipsang won London in a time of 2:04.24. Getu Feleke won in Vienna in a time of 2:05.41. Rotterdam may not have the reputation or international pull of cities such as London, New York and Paris, but as a marathon-city it has a fine reputation. The marathon was the site of many world records between 1985 and 1998. The course record for men is 2:04.27 and for women 2:18.58. In this year’s race, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won in a time of 2:05.00. He was one minute ahead of his compatriot Bernard Koech. In the women’s race, Abebech Afework, Ethiopia, won in a time of 2:27.50 ahead of her compatriot 2:30.23.Kipchoge said, “It was windy between the 25km and 35km mark, that was when it got tough.” Even the champions have reasons for not setting a better time.
The rest of the article can be found on The Footy Almanac.