by Beatrice Ambasa
April 19, 2021

Olympic Marathon Champion Eliud Kipchoge has emerged winner in the NN Mission Marathon currently taking place in the Netherlands.

Kipchoge won the 42km in 2hours, 4minutes and 30 seconds at the Twente Airport in the Netherlands.

This was his first outing since a shock defeat at October's London marathon, where he came eighth after having some complications on his ear.

His training mate, Jonathan Korir finished second in 2:06:4 ahead of third-placed Eritrean Goitom Kifle (2:08:00).

The race, which was due on April 11th had been earlier postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The two were among around 100 elite athletes who were competing in this one off race in the streets of Enschede to secure a qualification mark for Tokyo.

All the men’s top 15 finishers achieved the Olympic qualification mark

In the women's race, German Katharina Steinruck finished first in 2:25:59  ahead of Portuguese Sara Moreira (2:26:42) and fellow countrywoman Rabea Schoneborn (2:27:03) who finished second and third respectively. 

Kenyan Gladys Chesir finished eighth in 2:29:16 after losing ground with the leading pack halfway through the race.