The participants of the 42nd TCS Amsterdam Marathon were presented yesterday at Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal. Tesfaye Abera and Amos Kipruto have big plans to beat the course record, and Zane Robertson and Abdi Nageeye are looking to achieve some fast times. Among the women, Tadelech Bekele said she wants to run fast on Sunday, and Inge de Jong is running for the Dutch title.
Tesfaye Abera is the athlete with the fastest time. The Ethiopian's record time is 2.04.24 and has already won races in Dubai and Hamburg. Abera: "I trained well, feel fit and think I will perform well. I'm going for the win and a fast time." But Amos Kipruto also thinks he can win. The Kenyan ran last year in Amsterdam and is highly enthusiastic about the Dutch marathon. "I really like running this great course and I am happy to be here again. I will prove myself," says Kipruto.
Zane Robertson and Abdi Nageeye radiated self-confidence during the press conference. New Zealander Robertson is making his debut at the marathon. He already ran an amazingly fast half-marathon with a time of 59.47 and is very much looking forward to this new challenge. "I want to be the fastest non-African runner by finishing under 2.07 for the first time. If I am able to get a time of 2.06.50, this would be a fantastic result, and anything more would be a nice extra."
Abdi Nageeye has good memories of Amsterdam, where he finished with a time of 2.10.34 two years ago and qualified for the Olympic Games. But now he is better, stronger and faster, he asserted. "I am in good condition and am mentally stronger now thanks to training with a good group in Kenya. I hope to get time of 2.08.40 or 2.08.50. Then next time I really want to go for the Dutch record, which I'd like to have in my pocket before the Olympic Games in Tokyo," said the energetic marathon runner. The Dutch championship will also take place on Sunday in Amsterdam. Nageeye is the hands-down favourite.
Among the women, Tadelech Bekele is dreaming of a fast time and a win in Amsterdam. "I'm here to run. I'd love to get the course record, but I am also very focused on a fast time." She can expect some competition from Caroline Rotich, Viola Kibiwot and Gladys Chesir, among others. Inge de Jong's personal goal is to win the national championship and is aiming for a time under 2.40.
Valentijn Trouw, Athlete Manager at Global Sports Communication, voiced ambitions to beat the course record with the first group of runners. "We hope to finish around 2.05.20. The second group has to finish at under around 2.09. Beating the course record is a possibility among the women runners.
The current starting list is published at TCSAmsterdamMarathon.com.
The TCS Amsterdam Marathon starts on Sunday at 9:30 AM at the Olympic Stadium. The event can be watched live on Sunday in 190 countries, including on Eurosport 2 , Ziggo Sport, NH and AT5 and via livestream at www.tcsamsterdammarathon.nl.