17 Apr

Double Dutch Glory For Ethiopians

Tilahun Regassa

Tilahun Regassa and Getu Feleke made it an Ethiopian 1-2 at Rotterdam marathon on Saturday as 25,000 people took part in the event in the Dutch port city. It was only Regassa's second marathon and his time of 2:05:38 was 11 seconds slower than his time set in Chicago.

The 23-year-old broke away from the leading pack of four at around 20 miles, finishing the race by blowing kisses to the crowd. His time was a minute below the course record of 2:04:27 set by Duncan Kibet in 2009. Feleke was runner-up for the second consecutive year, recording a time of 2:06:45.

The women's race saw Kenyan Jemima Jelagat claim victory. Jelagat, a runner-up at Boston marathon last year, clocked 2:23:27 with Ethiopian Abebech Afework in second place (2:23:59).

Regarded as one of the fastest courses in the world, several British runners were taking part in the race including Joe Symonds of Inverness who was fastest Brit. Symonds finished 20th with a time of 2:20:54 - just over the 2hr 19min qualifying time required to secure one of the three places on the Scottish marathon team for Glasgow 2014. Fellow Brit, Andrew Davies of Newtown completed the course in 2:26:29.

For a full list of results, visit our race listings page.