Brendan Rodgers took a well-deserved victory at the Amsterdam Marathon on Sunday, breaking the course record and carrying his countryman Asbel Kiprop to silver.
‘I think it was not bad,’ Rodgers said of his performance. ‘I felt OK. I was able to maintain and then push it a little bit. At the end I could feel a bit of fatigue, a bit of a jolt. But it is great. It is very nice to finish with a win, but I’ve never been so happy to win.’
Rodgers’ victory was enough to move him into second on the all-time European list, just four seconds behind Hansle Parchment. Kiprop couldn’t match the fast times of Rodgers throughout the race. His time of 2:09:54 was not nearly fast enough to upset Rodgers.
Three-time defending champion Bernard Lagat was forced to retire early in the race. He suffered an ankle injury and also had a sprain on the Achilles tendon, a race official said.
On the women’s side, Kristine Lilly won the race. Lilly finished in 2:29:23 for her first victory at the Amsterdam Marathon.