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More than 31,000 participants marathon Amsterdam
13:39 o’clock: The 45th edition of the Amsterdam Marathon will have more than 31,000 participants next Sunday, about 9,000 of whom are from abroad. Nearly 10,000 athletes run the full marathon, the classic distance of 42.195 kilometers. The rest run shorter distances, such as the half marathon or 8 kilometers.
The organization of the running event in the capital presented these figures with pride, because the recent release of most corona restrictions has made runners eager again. “We are happy that we can run together again and very relieved that the municipality has given the green light after a long period of uncertainty,” said race director René Wit.
He specifically mentioned the international character of the Amsterdam Marathon. People from 107 different countries come running in the capital. A corona ticket is not necessary for participants and spectators. However, the visitors of the Olympic Stadium, where the start and finish are, must show such proof.
White recalled the previous edition, which was held in October 2019 without the existence of the corona virus. “In that year we had a record number of more than 45,000 participants, of which more than 17,000 in the marathon. The participants came from 140 countries. We won’t get to those numbers before Sunday, but I think we’ll make a very nice restart with 31,000 participants.”
Last year the marathon was canceled due to the corona virus. “We then organized a virtual marathon and still got 6000 people moving”, says Wit, who pointed out that his competition carries the ‘platinum label’. Amsterdam therefore belongs to the select group of twelve marathons in the world with this highest degree of the global athletics association.
The African top riders who have been attracted will attack the course record of 2.04.06, set in 2018 by Kenyan Lawrence Cherono, on an unchanged route. No fewer than five athletes have a personal best of under 2.05. The Ethiopian Leul Gebresilase has the best time with 2.04.02. Then his compatriot Tamirat Tola follows with a personal best of 2:04.06. He is the most acclaimed athlete with a bronze Olympic medal in the 10,000 meters in Rio 2016 and silver in the marathon at the 2017 World Cup in London.
This year’s Amsterdam marathon is also a battleground for the Dutch championship. Many Dutch toppers will start, including Olympian Khalid Choukoud, Michel Butter, Björn Koreman and Frank Futselaar. Among the women, Bo Ummels and Ruth van der Meijden are the main candidates for the title.
Two chess players still participate in NK after losing summary proceedings
11.20 am: Despite their lost summary proceedings, the chess players Sipke Ernst and Machteld van Foreest still participate in the Dutch National Championships in Hoogeveen. The four other chess players who had gone to court have withdrawn from tournament director Loek van Wely. “Sipke Ernst and Machteld van Foreest have indicated that they will participate after all,” said Van Wely a day after the summary proceedings in Haarlem.
The lawsuit revolved around the use of the corona admission ticket, which is mandatory for participants in the Dutch National Championships to show in the town hall of Hoogeveen. Title holder Lucas van Foreest, his 14-year-old sister Machteld, Ernst, former champion Sergei Tiviakov, Ivo Maris and Migchiel de Jong had gone to court because they wanted to participate in the tournament without a ticket. They proposed to move the NK to another location if necessary.
The preliminary relief judge in Haarlem rejected the demand of the six chess players. The National Championships start on Friday.
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