A large number of top-tier international runners has committed to taking part in the 38th edition of the NN Marathon Rotterdam. Since the field will include so many elite runners, the organisers expect a close race which may not be decided until the final metres before the finish line at the city’s renowned Coolsingel. Several athletes have previously run personal bests in Rotterdam and are familiar with the extremely fast course, whose starting point has been moved to the foot of the iconic Erasmus Bridge.
Ethiopian participant Mule Wasihun last year completed a marathon in 2:05:39, which was one of the top-10 fastest times in the world. He finished second in the Dubai Marathon. Although Wasihun is young (24), he is an experienced runner of major international marathons.
His compatriot Getu Feleke is a familiar face. His razor-sharp personal best, 2:04:50, was run in Rotterdam, and he has medalled at several major marathons. Feleke is currently on excellent form.
Laban Korir (personal best: 2:05:54) finished third at last year’s NN Rotterdam Marathon and intends to give it his all to repeat that feat in this year’s edition. Previously, Korir won the Toronto Waterfront Marathon and came second at the Paris Marathon.
Marius Kipserem, whose personal best is 2:06:11, was the surprise winner of the 36th edition of the Rotterdam Marathon, running a personal best in the process. He can expect some stiff competition from Festus Talam (2:06:13) and Felix Kirwa (2:06:12). Talam won last year’s Eindhoven Marathon, beating Kirwa in the home straight, which means both runners may pose a threat to the favourites.
The big names will be able to count on several excellent pacers, such as Dominic Kiptarus, Wilfred Kimeli and Kenneth Keter.
The top-tier runners contracted so far (name, country, age, personal best, year and city in which personal best was run).
|Getu Feleke (ETH)||31||2.04.50||2012||Rotterdam|
|Mule Wasihun (ETH)||24||2.05.39||2017||Amsterdam|
|Laban Korir (KEN)||31||2.06.05||2011||Amsterdam|
|Marius Kipserem (KEN)||29||2.06.11||2016||Rotterdam|
|Festus Talam (KEN)||23||2.06.13||2017||Eindhoven|
|Felix Kirwa (KEN)||23||2.06.13||2017||Eindhoven|
|Kelkile Gezahegn (ETH)||2.05.56||2017||Frankfurt|
|Vincent Rono (KEN)||DEBUT|
|Kenneth Kipkemoi (KEN)||DEBUT|
|Khalid Choukoud (NED)||31||2.10.52||2014||Rotterdam|
|Edwin de Vries (NED)||25||2.19.36||2017||Amsterdam|
|Edwin Slijkhuis (NED)||DEBUT|