More than 10,000 runners were at the start of the Rotterdam Marathon this Sunday.

After the Belgian Bashir Abdi even set a European record at the NN Marathon Rotterdam last year, the starting field on April 10, 2022 was also outstanding.

Setting the bar high

It was less than half a year ago when Bashir Abdi achieved this outstanding performance. In 2021, when the Rotterdam Marathon was not held until the end of October, the Olympic medalist stormed to not only the European record but also a new course record with a furious time of 2:03:36 hours. It was also the fastest time on Dutch soil, after then only a week earlier in Amsterdam the winner came to 2:03:39 hours.

Fastest marathon in the Netherlands

This status as the fastest marathon in the Netherlands and also as one of the fastest marathons in the world, the Rotterdam Marathon naturally also wanted to consolidate this year. Accordingly, several international top stars could again be signed up to run close to the course records. In the women's race, this course record has now been unchallenged for ten years. Back then, Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia) ran a top-class time of 2:18:58 hours. The defending champion in the women's race was also a runner from Kenya. Stella Barsosio was the only lady to stay under two and a half hours with 2:22:08 hours half a year ago.

Abdi vs. Nageeye

In both the women's and men's events, the defending champions were in action. Bashir Abdi was challenged by Abdi Nageeye, among others. The Dutchman finished 2nd last year at the Olympics ahead of Abdi. Marius Kipserem was also at the start. He finished second in Rotterdam last year. Reuben Kipyego, who ran a time under 2:04 hours in Milan in 2021, also had a chance of winning.

In the women's race, defending champion Stella Barsosio was challenged by marathon world champion Rose Chelimo (Bahrain) and Ethiopian Haven Hailu, among others.

The marathon race started at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The flat course led through the city center of Rotterdam.

Victory and national record

As at the 2021 Olympic Games in Sapporo, the Belgian-Dutch duel went to Dutchman Abdi Nageeye. In a race that was tactically run for a long time, the decision was only made in the final sprint. There Nageeye could once again show his skills in the last meters. After dominating the three-way battle for silver and bronze in the final straight at the Olympic marathon a year ago, he now also prevailed in Rotterdam. He also set a new Dutch national record of 2:04:56.

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Abdi misses the podium

At the same time, but with a meter behind, he reached the finish line Ethiopian Leul Gebreselassie in second place. Last year's winner Bashir Abdi missed the podium. After 2:05:23 hours he finished 4th behind Kenyan Kiprop Reuben Kipyego. Co-favorite Marius Kipserem fell away from the leading group early in the race and had to end the race early.

Hans-Peter Innerhofer from Salzburg also performed well, finishing in 30th place in 2:21:24 hours. Only digestion problems on the last kilometers kept him from finishing under 2:20 hours.

Ethiopian wins ahead of local heroine

In the women's race, co-favorite Hayen Hailu triumphed. After 2:22:01 hours, the Ethiopian was 50 seconds ahead of Nienke Brinkman from the Netherlands, who surprisingly finished second.

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Results Rotterdam Marathon 2022 ➤ Ladies

Pos.NameCityTime
1 Haven Hailu ETH 02:22:01
2 Nienke Brinkman FRA 02:22:51
3 Zhanna Turi Mamazhanova KAZ 02:26:54
4 Munkhzaya Bayartsogt 02:29:25
5 Tristin Van Ord 02:29:32
6 Carolina Wikström 02:29:51
7 Alisa Vainio 02:29:56
8 Daisy Cherotich 02:30:42
9 Astrid Verhoeven Mollem 02:31:39
10 Whitney Macon 02:32:48
11 Argentina Valdepeñas Torreon 02:35:16
12 Anne Luijten 02:36:34
13 Beverly Ramos 02:36:56
14 Elisabetta Iavarone Zurich 02:38:44
15 Annemari Kiekara Koski Tl 02:39:46
16 Jacelyn Gruppen 02:41:02
17 Marina Wong Drummoyne 02:41:08
18 Egris Arias R Panama 02:43:56
19 Rose Chelimo 02:44:22
20 Saskia Weinans 02:45:28
21 Sanne Broeksma Rotterdam 02:46:56
22 Camilla Bønøgård Sarpsborg 02:47:58
23 Lotte De Hosson Groningen 02:48:32
24 Ana Maria Villegas Miami 02:49:04
25 Elsemieke Kin Rotterdam 02:49:13
26 Saskia Heijnen Leiderdorp 02:49:53
27 Victoria Warpy Leuven 02:50:04
28 Nicola Devine Wakefield 02:50:24
29 Isobel Oakes Ballinamore 02:50:51
30 Nienke Zoggel Berlicum 02:52:05
31 Pauline Van Donkelaar Rotterdam 02:54:47
32 Vanessa Hartman Brielle 02:55:41
33 Judith Janszen-Loekemeijer Dordrecht 02:56:20
34 Nella Oenema Rotterdam 02:56:46
35 Alyssa Hoffert Paris 02:57:15
36 Monique Verschuure Yerseke 02:57:32
37 Marie Navacchia Evigny 02:58:10
38 Saskia Kersbergen Dordrecht 02:59:07
39 Charlotte Marijn Houten 02:59:08
40 Morena Stevens Amsterdam 02:59:12
41 Erica Belandi Aalsmeer 02:59:43
42 Marleen Honkoop Sliedrecht 02:59:48
43 Krista Bruns Pijnacker 02:59:51
44 Kim Kessels Susteren 03:00:20
45 Marlou Propst Breda 03:02:09
46 Lisz Verbeeck Stekene 03:02:39
47 Kiki Pols Amsterdam 03:03:07
48 Stefanie D` Haen Hamme 03:03:25
49 Mélanie Chevé Issy-Les-Moulineaux 03:03:28
50 Frida Davalos México 03:03:31

Results Rotterdam Marathon 2022 ➤ Men

Pos.NameCityTime
1 Abdi Nageeye NED 02:04:56
2 Leul Gebreselassie ETH 02:04:56
3 Kiprop Reuben Kipyego KEN 02:05:12
4 Bashir Abdi BEL 02:05:23
5 Kenneth Kipkemoi KEN 02:06:22
6 Rodgers Ondati Gesabwa KEN 02:09:40
7 Abida Ezamzami 02:09:52
8 Philemon Kacheran 02:10:12
9 Bjorn Koreman 02:10:32
10 Weynay Ghebresilasie 02:12:17
11 Richard Douma 02:12:21
12 Ronald Schroer 02:14:25
13 Stephen Scullion 02:14:32
14 Rune Baekgaard 02:14:35
15 Kobe Primoz 02:15:37
16 Valentin Poncelet Sint-Pieters-Leeuw 02:15:46
17 Mitja Krevs 02:16:42
18 Manuel Sainjon La Buisse 02:17:46
19 Ruben Van Praet Ledeberg 02:18:13
20 Chris Balestrini London 02:18:15
21 Andreas Lommer Odense 02:18:24
22 Luis Carlos Rivero Guatemala 02:18:30
23 Phil Parrot Migas 02:18:39
24 Marco Turi Aix En Provence 02:18:44
25 Toby Menday Sebastopol 02:19:11
26 Martin Hoare Celbridge 02:20:31
27 Nick Van Der Poel Rotterdam 02:21:02
28 Marco Van Etten Rotterdam 02:21:09
29 Nick Bester London 02:21:11
30 Hans-Peter Innerhofer Neukirchen 02:21:24
31 Brad Kahlefeldt Wagga Wagga 02:21:27
32 Magnus Erstad Oslo 02:21:41
33 Duncan Perillat 02:21:45
34 Seth Demoor Lakewood 02:22:22
35 Corey Purcella Albuquerque 02:22:42
36 Ricard Pastó El Palau D'Anglesola 02:22:45
37 Luca Solone Noale 02:24:07
38 Jack Bromley Chester 02:24:21
39 Valentin Deschamps Angouleme 02:24:34
40 Nicolas Zalejski Valence 02:24:56
41 Kidane Keleta Gebremariam Hedel 02:24:58
42 Jason Simpson Boulder 02:25:03
43 Niels Peter Nielsen Viby J 02:25:28
44 Alioune Kasse Marseille 02:25:41
45 Jonathan Billaud 02:26:11
46 Conal Mccambridge Newtownabbey 02:26:17
47 Lars Cazander Utrecht 02:26:39
48 Giannis Zervakis Sitia 02:26:51
49 Davy Stieperaere Wevelgem 02:26:56
50 Wouter Jansen Elst 02:27:11

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