During the 39th edition of the NN Marathon Rotterdam, Abdi will face fierce opposition from the Belgian Koen Naert who won the gold medal at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin (2.09.51). The two athletes are equally matched and it is expected to be a great battle.

The 32-year-old top athlete Khalid Choukoud from The Hague will also be at the start – as the organisation announced last November. In the upcoming edition, Choukoud wants to beat his best performance of 2.10.52. run during his debut in Rotterdam in 2014, and he is convinced he will be able to do so in Rotterdam, he said earlier.

NN Marathon Rotterdam
The approximately 17,000 participants will start at the foot of the iconic Erasmus Bridge on Sunday 7 April at 10:00. The finish is still on the Coolsingel, the vibrant centrepiece of the marathon weekend. The registration for the 39th edition of the popular NN Marathon Rotterdam is going down a storm. 85% of the starting numbers have already been sold out.