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Lawrence Cherono, Tadelech Bekele repeat wins at TCS Amsterdam Marathon

Cherono breaks his own course record by more than a minute, while Kenenisa Bekele DNF's


Lawrence Cherono won this morning’s TCS Amsterdam Marathon in 2:04:06, breaking his own course record (set last year) by more than a minute. Mule Wasihun of Ethiopia was close behind Cherono, finishing second, in 2:04:37, and Solomon Deksisa, also of Ethiopia, was third, in 2:04:40.

Kenenisa Bekele, who was touted as a possibility to challenge Kipchoge’s world record set in Berlin last month, dropped out of the race with 1K left after falling behind quite early, appearing to be injured.


Tadelech Bekele of Ethiopia also successfully defended her title, winning the women’s marathon in 2:23:07. Bekele, who won last year’s marathon in 2:21:54, finished third in the London Marathon in 2:21:40 in April. Shasho Insemu and Azmera Gebru, also of Ethiopia (not Kenya, as the broadcaster stated), were hard on her heels, in second and third place, with time of 2:23:13 and 2:23:31.

Last year Lawrence Cherono set a 12-second course record here, with a winning time of 2:05:09. He finished one place behind Bekele at the London Marathon in April.


Michel Butter took the Netherlands national title, in 2:17:18. He was 13th overall.


The TCS Amsterdam Marathon, which starts and finishes in Amsterdam’s historic Olympic stadium, is an IAAF Gold Label course.