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Posted: September 18, 2016:  

Athletics: Athletes achieve annual best in Dam tot Damloop 10 English Mile

Victory goes to Edwin Kiptoo and Alice Aprot

The 32nd Dam tot Damloop was won by Edwin Kiptoo. The Kenyan crossed the Zaandam finish line in Peperstraat alone, achieving his best performance of the year in a 10 English Mile race of 45:25 minutes. Joshua Chetegei was second to cross the line, with Abrar Osman securing third. Alice Aprot won the women’s race in 51:57 minutes, another annual best. Kiptoo also won the man-woman race, where women are given a head start, overtaking Aprot on the Zuiddijk.

Edwin Kiptoo launched his attack after 11 K. With the early pace being so fast, the Kenyan shook off the competition at the outset. He then raced through the streets of Amsterdam and Zaandam with powerful strides, with only Joshua Chetegei to challenge him. But Kiptoo was the strongest today. Chetegei followed on proper distance after 45:38 minutes. Abrar Osman became third (46:12).

Alice Aprot put her stamp on the race, breaking away from the start. It was a lonely race for the number four in 10,000 meters of the Olympic Games. It was her longest distance so far, but she had no trouble with the extra mileage. She finised in 51:59 minutes. Her compatriot, Tejitu Daba, ended up finishing in 52:34. Luci Karimi took bronze in the IAAF Silver Label Road Race in 53:03.

Dutch runners

Abdi Nageeye was the fastest Dutch runner in today’s race, finishing eleventh overall in 48:17. Ronald Schröer was next (48:48) and Edwin de Vries was third (48:57).

Among the women Elizeba Cherono was the fastest Dutch runner and became fifth. She ran a time of 53:26. Ruth van der Meijden was next in 56:09, ahead of Irene van Lieshout (57:06).

Full results of the race can be found at

About the event

A total of 45,000 runners took part in today’s Dam tot Damloop race from Amsterdam to Zaandam, making the event the largest 10 English Mile race in the world. The last runners crossed the finish line at 17:00. This morning 4,000 children took part in the Mini Dam tot Damloop children’s events. The programme kicked off yesterday evening with Damloop by night, with 13,000 participants running a 5 English Mile race on a magically lit course. Next year’s Dam tot Dam events will be held on 16 and 17 September 2017.

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