Marius Kipserum (Kenya) wins the NN Marathon Rotterdam in a course record. He finished after a thrilling race in a time of 2.04.11, 16 seconds faster than the Kenyan Duncan Kibet 10 years ago. Kaan Özbilen (2.05.27) and Saina (2.05.42) completes the podium of the 39th edition of the NN Marathon Rotterdam. Abdi Nageeye (4th place), ran a personal record and breaks the national record for the Netherlands in a time of 2.06.17.
For Kipserem, who also won in Rotterdam in 2016, meant no personal record with the 2.04.11. He was in 2018 seven seconds faster in Abu Dhabi (2.04.04). Only the time is not official recognized, because there was a wrong deposit in the course and therefore the course would have been 200 meters too short.
The Ethiopian Ashete Bekere won in 2.15.22 the women race. The Kenyan Stella Barsasio stayed in her company for a long time, but had to drop out in the final and finished second in 34 seconds.
It was the 39th edition of the NN Marathon Rotterdam. The edition was sold out, 17.000 runners took part and that was the maximum number allowed.