Abera KumaRotterdam, The Netherlands – Abera Kuma, from Ethiopia, pulled away from his rivals in the last seven kilometres of the 35th edition of de NN Rotterdam Marathon, anIAAF Gold Label Road Race, to win in 2.06.46 here today.

However, Kuma’s maiden marathon win was tinged with disappointment as he was aiming for an improvement on his best of 2:05:56, when he finished third in the Berlin Marathon last September.

“The wind was really too strong,” lamented Kuma.

Kenya’s Mark Kiptoo finished second in 2:07:20 and his compatriot Bernard Koech, who did a lot of work in the second part of the race, was third in 2.08.02.

Asami Kato of Japan won the women’s race in a new personal record of 2:26.30.

Read more at: IAAF.org

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