Eliud Kipchoge gained the NN Mission Marathon in his ultimate race earlier than he defends his title on the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The Kenyan, 36, clocked two hours, 4 minutes and 30 seconds in his first outing since his shock defeat ultimately 12 months’s London Marathon.
Compatriot Jonathan Korir was second, two minutes and 10 seconds again, with Eritrea’s Goitom Kifle third.
The invitation-only race came about at Twente Airport within the Netherlands.
It was initially as a result of happen in Hamburg on 11 April, however native Covid-19 restrictions meant it couldn’t be staged within the German metropolis.
“It’s mission accomplished. Thank you to the great men and women who organised this race in less than 10 days,” mentioned Kipchoge.
“It was in a different environment, in the midst of a pandemic, to tell people you can still run.
“This was the actual take a look at in direction of the Tokyo Olympics, to check your health.”
World record holder Kipchoge lost a marathon for the first time since 2013 in October 2020 in London, despite being a four-time champion and the favourite to win in St James’s Park.
Prior to the NN Mission Marathon, he said he had not changed his training regime since the defeat but that it had taught him how to run without fans, with both taking place on loops closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fans from abroad have been banned from the Tokyo Olympics, the place the lads’s marathon is scheduled to happen in Sapporo on 8 August.