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Course records fall at Amsterdam Marathon

Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola and Kenya's Angela Tanui broke the men's and women's course records, Tola in 2:03:38 and Tanui in 2:17:57

This year’s Amsterdam Marathon was the fastest in the race’s history, led by two course record-breaking performances by Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola and Kenya’s Angela Tanui. Tola won the men’s race in 2:03:38, and Tanui won the women’s race in 2:17:57.

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The men’s race

The race started out with a large group but dwindled down to just six runners by the final kilometres. The win was up for grabs, but it was Tola, the 2017 World Marathon Championships silver medalist, who accelerated and left the group behind. Tola’s time was a new course record, beating the previous record of 2:04:06 set by Lawrence Cherono in 2018 by 28 seconds.

Kenyan Bernard Koech finished behind Tola in second in 2:04:09, sprinting to the finish just ahead of Ethiopian Leul Gebresilase, who took third place in 2:04:12.

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The women’s race

Tanui also destroyed the women’s course record, beating the previous record set by Ethiopia’s Degitu Azimeraw in 2019 (2:19:26) by more than a minute. Maureen Chepkemoi of Ethiopia was second in 2:20:18, barely edging out her compatriot, Haven Hailu, who finished third in 2:20:19.