Lawrence Cherono defended his Amsterdam marathon title with a course record he won last year in today’s race in The Netherlands.
The Honolulu marathon champion won the Marathon men’s crown in a course record of 2:04:05, taking 63 seconds off his winning time of 2:05:09 set in 2017.
He defeated Mule Wasihu clocked 2:04:36 from Ethiopia to finish in second place to pip fellow Ethiopian Solomon Deksisa.
Multiple world and Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele did not finish despite a good start.
Tadelech Bekele of Ethiopia retained her women’s title after coming home in a time of 2:23:07 ahead of her teammates Shasho Insemu (2:23:13) and Azmera Gebru (2:23:31) in an Ethiopian 1-2-3.