Mister Amsterdam made a triumphant return to the Dutch capital’s biggest long-distance event on Sunday, as Wilson Chebet became the first athlete ever to win the Amsterdam Marathon three times in a row.
What’s more, the Kenyan managed to break his course record for the second consecutive year, beating his previous time by six seconds, He ran the 42.2-kilometre race in two hours, five minutes and 35 seconds this time around.
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The full race outcome is available at the official Amsterdam Marathon website's results page.
Chebet has lowered his time by an average of almost six seconds per year since he won his first Amsterdam Marathon in 2011, where his time of two hours, five minutes and 53 seconds was good enough to win back then.
The Rotterdam Marathon's official Twitter account captured this great image of Sunday's crowning moment:
In the women’s race, 20-year-old Valentine Kipketer came out on top, as the youngster smashed her previous personal best by one minute and 31 seconds, finishing in a time of two hours, 23 minutes and two seconds.
In January of this year, Kipketer managed her previous best at the Mumbai Marathon, but conditions played their role on this occasion.
|Amsterdam Marathon Women's Results|
The occasion marks another Kenyan double at this marathon, which hasn’t happened since 2008 when Paul Kirui and Lydia Cheromei took home winning honours.
Chebet was made to fight hard for his Dutch win, as Bernard Koech led for a decent portion of the race before eventually slipping back into his ultimate finish in third.
Holland had no good news, however, as its strongest chance of winning the race, 33-year-old Koen Raymaekers, had to pull out of the marathon around the 20 km mark with what appeared to be a calf injury.
Lornah Kiplagat backed up Chebet's achievement, congratulating the 28-year-old on Twitter:
Living up to its billing, spectators and runners alike couldn’t have hoped for a more visually vibrant event. Amsterdam once again proved its quality as one of the largest and most beautiful marathons in the world.
This year saw the Rijksmuseum feature as part of the course for the first time, while windmills, Vondel Park, the Museum of the Tropics and the Amstel Hotel were also seen along the way.
Along with the professional ranks, 45,000 participants were on hand at the Olympic Stadium. While they may not all have been up to the gold standard, the entire event was a massive triumph.