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Posted: October 18, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: New course record in Amsterdam Marathon

The 34th edition of the Amsterdam Marathon has been run under perfect circumstances. The weather was great for running at Sunday 18 October. The relatively unknown Kenian athlete Gilbert Yegon broke the course record in his debute. He ran 2.06.18. First woman was the Ethiopian runner Eyerusalem Kuma. She won in 2.27.43.

The Amsterdam Marathon is known for its enthusiastic audience along the fast course and for the beautifull buildings, musea and the famous Vondelpark wherethrough the atletes run two times. And for its start and finish in the amazing ancient Olympic Stadium. 26.000 People registered the past months for a startingplace at the marathon, the Mizuno Half Marathon or the Menzis 7,5 km, among them 9.000 foreigners who stayed a few days in the capital city.

Because the weather circumstances were ideal, fast times were expected. The debutants ran a great race. Yegon broke the course records which was held by Haile Gebrselassie since 2005 (2.06.20). His fellow countryman Elijah Keitany, who debuted as well, ran 2.06.41. In total there were five atletes who ran faster than 2.08.

The women stayed together for a while, but finally Kuma was the fastest. Second became Woinshet Girma from Ethiopia as well. She ran 2.29.50. Third became the Dutch girl Hilda Kibet, who is the European cross country champion from 2008. She ran a personal best in 2.30.33. As the Amsterdam Marathon also was the Dutch Championship, Kibeet became national champion.

Photo: Winner Gilbert Yegon in a new course record. (Credit: Tom Metiary)

Photo: First women Eyerusalem Kuma. (Credit: Tom Metiary)

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