Amsterdam Marathon 2012: Tracking the Best Results of Historic Race

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2012

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The Amsterdam Marathon is known for its scenic views and fast times—both of which were prevalent in the 2012 race.

In 2000, Runners World named this event as one of the top 10 marathons in the world. The athletes begin in Olympic Stadium, travel past Vondelpark and the Amstel River, and end where they started.

Runners also like the course because it is relatively flat

For the second-straight year, Wilson Chebet ran the best time, finishing in 2:05:41. A year ago, he was nine seconds away from the course record. However, this year he put forth a little more effort and earned the record by three seconds, taking the title from Getu Feleke. 

The Kenyan was only two minutes behind world-record pace for marathons. He finished in fifth place at the Boston Marathon earlier in the year, but he seems to have found a home in the smaller Netherlands race.

Ethiopians Abrha Gebretsadik and Bentayehu Assefa filled out the podium after being separated by only one second. They finished in 2:06:21 and 2:06:22, respectively.

Michel Butter was the first Dutch runner to finish the race in 12th place.

On the women's side, Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia took the crown with a time of 2:21:09. She edged Kenya's Eunice Kerwa by 32 seconds. 

Here are the final results, courtesy of the event's official website.

1 Wilson Chebet 2:05:41
2 Abrha Gebretsadik 2:06:21
3 Bentayehu Assefa 2:06:22
4 Feyisa Bekele 2:06:26
5 Abraham Girma 2:06:48
6 Mulugeta Wami 2:07:11
7 Gideon Kipketer 2:08:14
8 Elias Kemboi 2:08:51
9 Henri Sugut 2:09:07
10 Peter Kirui 2:09:15
11 Essa Rashed 2:09:22
12 Michel Butter 2:09:58
13 Shumi Dechasa 2:13:50
14 Musa Babo 2:14:06
15 Kazuhiro Maeda 2:14:37