Bashir Abdi during the London marathon, a new Belgian record run. The Gentenaar ran the 42 km in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 3 seconds, and improved as the time of Vincent Rousseau, 1995, with seventeen seconds. With its best place Abdi also for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Bashir Abdi finished seventh in the London Marathon and he did that in a new Belgian record of 2u07:03. The record stood since 1995, in the name of Vincent Rousseau with 2u07:20. The profits went for the fourth time to the Kenyan world record holder That Kipchoge in 2u02:38, the second time ever run. His world record stands at 2u01:40. Kenroy and co-favourite Mo Farah came as the fifth crossed the finish in 2:05:38.
Halfway through Abdi, who in London was only his second marathon ever ran, in 1u03:20, and in the traditional grueling second half of the race, he fell hard. In the women won with Brigid Kosgei, also a Kenyan in 2u18:20. She got it for her compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot (2h20:14) and the Ethiopian (2h20:51).
Abdi left, in contrast to what he is in advance of interviews had been announced, fast. He passed after ten miles in 29:49, well below the schedule for the Belgian record. Also to the half-marathon was the Gentenaar with a passage in 1u03:20 is still on schedule for the BR. Then it went to Abdi as to accelerate and it started becoming easier to see. Between 30 and 35 kilometres there was for the first time of substantial decline with a passage in 1h45:10, but starvation did Abdi absolutely not. He had to be in the slot or the sub 2u07 chrono let go, but dived over under the BR.
With his personal best in London place Abdi also for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. This was 2u11:30 necessary. For the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in athletics later this year in Doha was Abdi already been placed.
Koen Naert was earlier this month, in april, also already near come of the BR of Rousseau. The European champion klokte in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam after 2u07:39. Naert was there as the chickens at Abdi on his wereldprestatie. “Congratulations to Bashir Abi, you have my ambition to be ever the Belgian record breaking again a little harder.”