Amsterdam, Netherlands – The TCS Amsterdam Marathon 2023, a World Athletics Platinum Label road race, is set to unfold this Sunday, featuring a strong lineup of elite athletes. Birhanu Legese and Bernard Koech are among the men’s favorites, while Ashete Bekere leads the women’s field.
The race promises to be a fast-paced affair, with nine men boasting sub-2:05 marathon times and Bekere joined by fellow sub-2:19 runner Tiruye Mesfin. Live broadcasting coverage of this event is available SuperSport, in addition to live updates via the tcsamsterdammarathon.nl website.
Live Broadcast and Coverage
The TCS Amsterdam Marathon 2023 can be watch and stream live on Eurosport, Discovery+, SuperSport and Eurosport Asia. For the viewers in the USA, live coverage starts at 3:00 a.m. ET.
In the Netherlands:
Men’s Field: Legese Eyes Course Record
Ethiopian Birhanu Legese, a two-time Tokyo Marathon winner, aims to make a triumphant return after failing to finish his last marathon in London. With a marathon personal best (PB) of 2:02:48, Legese is the fastest in the field and has his sights set on the Olympics next year.
Kenya’s Bernard Koech, who finished second in this event in 2021, is also eyeing the course record of 2:03:39. “Amsterdam has a special place in my heart,” Koech said, emphasizing his readiness for his fourth appearance in the race.
Also aiming for a fast time if Dutch runner Khalid Choukoud, who will be targeting the qualifying standard for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
“My plan is to run really hard,” said Khalid Choukoud. “I really want to go to the Olympics for the second time. I want to thank the organization, they did everything they could to make a very nice second group with nice pacers.
“We are leaving at the Dutch Olympic limit of 2:08.10. I’m going to see how long I can keep it up.”
Women’s Field: Bekere Targets “Something Special”
In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Ashete Bekere is looking to add another win to her impressive marathon career. She has a PB of 2:17:58 and aims to break the course record of 2:17:20 set by Almaz Ayana last year.
“If all conditions cooperate, I want to show something special,” Bekere stated.
Also included in the women’s field is Degitu Azimeraw, who is hoping to win a second title in Amsterdam and is even targeting a course record.
The course record has been broken in three successive editions, with the current mark sitting at 2:17.20 by the Ethiopian runner Almaz Ayana.
Azimeraw, who ran 2:19.26 on debut in 2019, has since improved her personal best to 2:17.58 at the TCS London Marathon in 2021.
Leading Entries for TCS Amsterdam Marathon 2023
|Sisay Meseret Gola||ETH||2:20:50|
|Lemi Berhanu Hayle||ETH||2:04:33|
|Abdelilah El Maimouni||MAR||2:08:50|