Nageeye, first Dutchman to win Rotterdam Marathon: ‘It looked like an airplane’

Two hamstring injuries disrupted his preparation for his beloved competition. “We would not have been able to run this marathon without Rotterdam,” said Gary Lough, trainer of Nageeye and Abdi.

However, the husband of marathon legend Paula Radcliff gave his blessing, helping his fellow student to a victory of eternal value. Just like at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Marathon in Sapporo, the two friends pushed each other to unprecedented heights.

Direct duel for the win

This time, given the 40km distance, Abdi signaled Nageeye to join two other leaders, Kenyan Kiprop Kipyego and Ethiopian Leul Gebreselassie. At this point it was time for Abdi to raise the white flag as a sign of surrender.

Nageeye only had to erase the license plates of two Africans in the last kilometer. He hid behind his leading comrades for as long as possible and entered a direct duel with Gebreselassie on the Coolsingel.

“It was perhaps unsportsmanlike not to take the initiative for a while”, says Nageeye cheerfully back on his tactics. “But I wasn’t the guy here who had to prove anything.”

Source: NOS