Marius Kipserem returns to Rotterdam with ambitious plans. The Kenyan, who won the NN Marathon Rotterdam in an impressive way in 2019, wants to claim the main prize again on Sunday 24 October with a personal and course record.
Kipserem (33) made an overwhelming impression during the memorable NN Marathon Rotterdam two years ago. The African pro took off on his own after 35 kilometers and finished unthreatened in a PR of 2.04.11. No one was ever faster on the Coolsingel.
Kipserem also triumphed in Rotterdam in 2016, where he literally and figuratively stepped out of the shadow of the favorites as an outsider. His time of 2:06.11 was also a personal best at the time. In 2018 he finished fifth in 2.07.22.
The 2019 NN Marathon Rotterdam was not only memorable because of Kipserem's records. Abdi Nageeye 'flew' on the fast course to a Dutch record of 2.06.11. Nageeye, runner-up at the Olympic Games in Japan this summer, will opt for the New York marathon this fall.
Nageeye's friend and training buddy Bashir Abdi (32), whom he 'dragged' to the bronze medal in a controversial way during the Games, will start at the 40th NN Marathon Rotterdam, as reported earlier. The Belgian top athlete of Somali descent wants to decorate the anniversary edition with a European record. That record is registered to the Turkish athlete Kaan Kigen Özbilen with 2.04.16. Bashir Abdi's PR is 2:04:49, the second fastest European time.
Mario Kadiks, who is retiring as organizer of the NN Marathon Rotterdam after 35 editions: ,,Pro athletes with such great aspirations as Marius Kipserem and Bashir Abdi give the event something special. It promises to be an exciting and fast race.”
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