Amsterdam, The Netherlands – With his winning time of 2:06:20 in the 30th edition of the ING Amsterdam Marathon (course record) Haile Gebrselassie produced the quickest time of 2005. Although the Ethiopian “Emperor'' is not starting in the Dutch capital this Sunday (15) the organisers are hoping for a winning time of the same quality as last year.
Over 7000 runners from all over the world will line up in the 1928 Olympic stadium.
The fastest in the men’s field is Fred Kiptum Kiprop who won the 1999 Amsterdam Marathon in a personal best of 2:06:47, but the 32-year-old Kenyan is not the pre-race favourite. That mantle rests on the shoulders of another Kenyan, Patrick Ivuti.