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Posted: September 24, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Amsterdam Marathon's international elite field grows

Elite athletes in their debut versus veterans

The Amsterdam Marathon, being held on Sunday 18 October, can expect to see a elite field of strong African runners. Global Sports Communication, who have been responsible for the elite runners for many years, have contracted a few fast (half) marathon runners. As the Dutch championship marathon is also being held in Amsterdam this year, several big races will take place within the event on the day.

The Amsterdam Marathon is well known for its fast and beautiful course. Two times the runners will pass the famous Vondelpark, the impressing Rijksmuseum, they run along the canals and a part of the ancient course from the Olympics in 1928. The participants will finish in the historic Olympic Stadium which was recently renovated. Te fast course is one of the reasons why many athletes choose this marathon for their debut. These are the many runners who are at the start of their careers or who, after years of running shorter distances at international races, want to step up to the marathon. Jonathan Maiyo is an example. This Kenyan talent came 2nd in the Rotterdam half marathon in a globally recognised top time of 59.08. Thereby he joined the top 10 of the fastest half marathon athletes of all time. Another athlete who has recently chosen for the marathon is the Ethiopian Getu Feleke. Feleke is very talented and trains and grows in the group of former runner Getaneh Tessema. Tessema used to work in the Netherlands for Global Sports Communications for many years. Nowadays he trains with talented runners in Ethiopia. Feleke is a strong half marathon runner. During the CPC-run in the Hague he became 4th in the half marathon in 60.63. He came 3rd in the Dam to Damrun last Sunday.

At the beginning of this year Robert Kipchumba debuted at the marathon in 2.09.56. A few weeks ago the Kenyan ran the half marathon distance in 59.32. He is a former 10,000 meter junior world champion. His compatriot Charles Kamathi finished in 2nd place last Sunday in the Dam to Damrun. He has a personal marathon record of 2.08.17 and has stood on several international winners’ podiums, including Paris.

So far these athletes form the international group of men who together with a group of Dutch elite runners will compete in Amsterdam. The Dutch athletes interest lies mainly in the qualification for the European championships in Barcelona in 2010 and of course the competition for the national title.

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