Kenya's Dickson Chumba wins Marathon Eindhoven in course record 2:05:47
|Dickson Chumba (KEN) winning in a course record 20546 at the 2012 De Lage Landen marathon Eindhoven. Photo credit: Marathon Eindhoven Studio CLICK|
Chumba, 25, took two seconds off the previous course record of 2:05:48 set by Kenya's Jafred Kipchumba in 2011.
He moved into the lead at 28km and was never headed, coming home 24 seconds in front of his compatriot Francis Chepkwony, who took more than four minutes off his previous best with 2:06:11.
It is Chumba's second victory in his six marathons, also winning last year in Rome. He also has three second-place finishes to his name.
"However, I am disappointed I didn't run under 2:05," said Chumba, who was on course to break that barrier until 39km, when he started to tire. Six men finished under two hours nine minutes.
Ethiopia's Aberume Mekuria took the women's race in a personal best of 2:27:20.
Leading Men's results.
- Dickson Chumba (Kenya) 2:05:46
- Franklin Chepkwony (Kenya) 2:06:11
- Erick Ndiema (Kenya) 2:06:17
- Tadesse Tola (Ethiopia) 2:08:01
- Francis Bowen (Kenya) 2:08:21
- Solomon Kiptoo (Kenya) 2:08:30
- Stephen Tum (Kenya) 2:08:39
- Weldon Kirui (Kenya) 2:09:06
- Julius Chepkwony (Kenya) 2:09:09
- Gezahagn Girma (Ethiopia) 2:10:52
Leading Women's results:
- Aberume Mekuria (Ethiopia) 2:27:20
- Miranda Boonstra (Netherlands) 2:28:18
- Dinkenesh Mekasha (Ethiopia) 2:30:31