THE HAGUE, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) — Kenyan and Ethiopian runners set course records at the 45th Amsterdam Marathon Sunday.

Ethiopian Tamira Tola and Kenyan Angela Tanui grabbed victories in the men’s and women’s races respectively.

The 30-year-old Tola was part of a large leading group, which was down to six runners in the final kilometers.

After passing the Rijksmuseum and entering the Vondelpark in the center of the Dutch capital, Tola accelerated and left behind his co-leaders towards the end.

After 42.195 kilometers, Tola finished at the Olympic Stadium in a personal record of two hours, three minutes and 38 seconds, breaking the former course record of 2:04:06 set by Kenyan Lawrence Cherono on October 21, 2018.

Kenyan Bernard Koech ended second in 2:04:09, beating Ethiopian Leul Gebresilase (2:04:12) in a sprint.

In the women’s race, Tanui crushed the track record of Ethiopian Degitu Azimeraw from 2019 (2:19:26), winning in 2:17:57 ahead of compatriot Maureen Chepkemoi.

The previous Amsterdam Marathon was held in 2019. Last year the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.