Rotterdam Organizers Prepared For Possible World Record

by Win van Hemert
April 7, 2011
(c) 2011 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

NOTE: You can watch the ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam marathon on Sunday at  The race is supposedly on live for $3.99, and if that's true, the race starts at 5 am EST. Currently, says the race will be available starting at 9:55 am EST (which makes no sense). They will also broadcast a tape-delayed version of the race on their television channel in the USA at noon EDT --Ed.

ROTTERDAM (08-Apr) -- The organizers of the 31st edition of the ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, do not want to take any chances with Sunday's event.  As a precaution, for a new world record they insured the amount of USD 350,000 the winner will get in case of bettering Haile Gebrselassie's 2:03:59 from Berlin in 2008.

The expectations in this Dutch harbor town, which had the fastest marathon times of the last two years, are very high.  The weather forecast for Sunday is excellent.  A temperature of 12-14 degrees Celsius at the start at 11:00 a.m., sunny with very light winds.  There will be starting four sub-2:06:00 athletes plus three who have a personal best of sub 2:07:00.  At the pre-race press conference yesterday they were called the "Magnificent Seven."  The fastest man in the group is Kenyan Vincent Kipruto, who finished third last year in Rotterdam with a time of 2:05:13.  Also coming back to the very fast, flat Rotterdam course is Ethiopian Feyisa Lelisa, last year's #4 finisher with a personal best of 2:05:23.  The other two who have run the 42.195 km race inside 2:06:00 are Eliud Kiptanui of Kenya (2:05:39 PB, winner last year in Prague) and Ethiopian Getu Feleke (2:05:44 PB, winner last year in Amsterdam).

"Last year, when Patrick Makau won in 2:04:48, we lost the world record between 20 and 30 kilometers," race director Mario Kadiks told reporters yesterday.  During the press conference, organizers could not yet present all of then strong contenders as some of them were delayed in arriving due visa problems.  The expectation was, however, that they will arrive in time for the race. The "Magnificent Seven" are counting on strong pacemaking by Kenyans Peter Kirui, Eric Ndiema and Sammy Kitwara.

"We will go out with a much smaller fast group than last year," Kadiks said.  "Six pacemakers and the seven fastest men."

Eliud Kiptanui, who won the Prague marathon last year, said,  "I am well prepared.  I hope to improve my Prague personal best of 2:05:39.  I had a test in Dubai earlier this year doing 30 kilometers.  I was feeling very well and felt there I will be able for a 2:04:00 time.  Already from the time I was a kid I am and great admirer of Haile Gebrselassie. I want to run very close to his best time. Here I will run my own race."

The fastest man in the race, Vincent Kipruto, clocked his personal best of 2:05:13 in Rotterdam last year.  The 23-year old had a problem in that race which cost him significant time: the inner sole in one of his running shoes was curled up and he had to stop to remove it.

"I have great plans for Sunday," he said.

The fastest woman in the race is Kenyan Rita Jeptoo with a personal best of 2:23:28. Dutchwoman Hilda Kibet is the third fastest on the women's starting list with a personal best of 2:26:23. A very dangerous outsider is Kenyan Philes Ongori who is running her first marathon. She recently ran 1:08:32 at the Semi-Marathon de Paris.

The most prominent invited runners are:

Vincent Kipruto (Kenya)       D.o.B: 13-09-1987 PB: 2:05:13 (3)  Rotterdam   11-04-2010
Feyisa Lelisa (Ethiopia)      D.o.B: 01-02-1990 PB: 2:05:23 (4)  Rotterdam   11-04-2010
Eliud Kiptanui (Kenya)        D.o.B: 06-06-1989 PB: 2:05:39 (1)  Prague      09-05-2010
Getu Feleke (Ethiopia)        D.o.B: 28-11-1986 PB: 2:05:44 (1)  Amsterdam   17-10-2010
Wilson Chebet (Kenya)         D.o.B: 12-07-1985 PB: 2:06:12 (2)  Amsterdam   17-10-2010
Gilbert Kirwa (Kenya)         D.o.B: 20-12-1985 PB: 2:06:14 (1)  Frankfurt   25-10-2009
Chala Dechase (Ethiopia)      D.o.B: 13-06-1984 PB: 2:06:12 (2)  Dubai       22-01-2010
Michael Kipyego (Kenya)       D.o.B: 02-10-1983 PB: debut
Alemayehu Shumye (Ethiopia)   D.o.B: 1988       PB: 2:08:46 (5)  Frankfurt   25-10-2009
Hailu Mesfin (Ethiopia)       D.o.B: 1984       PB: 2:09:50 (2)  Xiamen      02-01-2011
James Kibocha Theuri (France) D.o.B: 30-11-1978 PB: 2:10:39 (14) Paris       05-04-2009
Koen Raymaekers (Netherlands) D.o.B: 31-17-1980 PB: 2:11:09 (9)  Rotterdam   11-04-2010

Rita Jeptoo (Kenya)           D.o.B: 15-02-1981 PB: 2:23:38 (1)  Boston      17-04-2006
Worknesh Tola (Ethiopia)      D.o.B: 03-06-1977 PB: 2:25:37 (2)  Paris       06-04-2008
Hilda Kibet (Netherlands)     D.o.B: 27-03-1981 PB: 2:26:23 (6)  Frankfurt   31-10-2010
Phyles Ongori (Kenya)         D.o.B: 19-07-1986 PB: debut
Olga Glok (Russia)            D.o.B: 16-12-1982 PB: 2:28:27 (1)  Prague      10-05-2009
Irene Limika (Kenya)          D.o.B: 28-08-1979 PB: 2:28:31 (4)  Frankfurt   26-10-2008
Alessandra Aguilar (Spain)    D.o.B: 01-07-1978 PB: 2:29:01 (1)  Hamburg     26-04-2009
Beatriz Ros Blanco (Spain)    D.o.B: 12-05-1974 PB: 2:29:25 (13) Saint Denis 31-08-2003
Shetaye Bedaso (Ethiopia)     D.o.B: unkwon     PB: 2:29:48 (5)  Amsterdam   17-10-2010
Yevgenia Danilova (Russia)    D.o.B: 10-08-1981 PB: 2:31:44 (4)  Rotterdam   11-04-2010



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