Daniel Kinyua Wanjiru was the surprise winner of the 2016 Amesterdam marathon. In the process he set a new personal best and a course record for the Amsterdam marathon which is a IAAF Gold Label Road Race in 2:05:19.
Following Wanjiru were seven other Kenyans home as Kenya occupied all the top 8 positions and 11 of the top 15 positions. Four Kenyans dipped under the 2:06 mark including the pre-race favourite Sammy Kitwara who finished second.
The 24 year old Wanjiru made his his marathon debut in Frankfurt two years ago, finishing seventh in 2:08:18. He looked set to improve on that in Amsterdam as he had set PBs earlier this year at 5000m, 10,000m, 10km and the half marathon, clocking times of 27:43 and 59:20 in the latter two disciplines.
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