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Kenyan Lawrence Cherono breaks record in Amsterdam Marathon

Lawrence Cherono gestures as he crosses the finish line to win the Amsterdam Marathon last year/COURTESY

Entering the race as favourite, Kenyan Lawrence Cherono lived up to his expectations to not only defend the Amsterdam Marathon men’s title, but smashed the course record, setting a new time of 2:04:05 on Sunday.

He took 63 seconds off his winning time of 2:05:09 set in 2017.

“The weather was good, the wind slow and we had to run faster than last year. I thank God for giving me this talent and I hope to be here once again next year,” Cherono said.

The 30-year-old Kenyan also broke the Netherlands’ all-comers record of 2:04:27 set by Duncan Kibet in Rotterdam in 2009.

Mule Wasihu clocked 2:04:37 to finish in second place to pip fellow Ethiopian Solomon Deksisa (2:04:40).

Multiple world and Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele did not finish despite a good start.

Women’s race

In the corresponding women’s race, Tadelech Bekele of Ethiopia retained her women’s title after coming home in a time of 2:23:07 ahead of her country mates Shasho Insemu (2:23:13) and Azmera Gebru (2:23:31) as Ethiopia competed a podium sweep.