The ABN-AMROÃ‚Â Rotterdam Marathon on 14 April, anÃ‚Â IAAF Gold Label Road Race, will feature six men who have gone under 2:06 for the classic distance and who will have the course record of 2:04:27 in their sights, organisers announced on Thursday (14).
The course record for the famous Dutch race, which has seen world records in the past, is jointly held by the Kenyan pair ofÃ‚Â Duncan Kibet and James Kwambai after their thrilling finish in 2009.
Fastest on paperÃ‚Â in this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s field is EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 19-year-old Berhanu Shiferaw. He clocked his personal best of 2:04:48 in January this year when finishing second in the Dubai Marathon.
Despite not turning 20 until 31 May, Rotterdam will be ShiferawÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fifth Marathon.
Shiferaw will start alongside his compatriot Getu Feleke, who wasÃ‚Â second in the 2012 RotterdamÃ‚Â Marathon withÃ‚Â a personal best time of 2:04:50.
EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bazu Worku clocked a personal best ofÃ‚Â 2:05:25 when finishing third in Berlin in 2010 while only just slightly slower is the fourth in the quartet of outstanding Ethiopian runners, Tilahun Regassa, who ran 2:05:27 on his Marathon debut in the Chicago Marathon last October. Read more