Abdi Nageeye soon realized on Sunday that his mission to be the first Dutchman to win the Amsterdam Marathon in forty years would fail. He was hampered early by his hamstring, which also hindered him earlier this year.
"The fear was just there. After 10 kilometers I already felt it. Everything in my right leg soured, from my buttock to my calf," the disappointed Nageeye told De Telegraaf .
"I didn't have a hard time in terms of fitness, but I was afraid that I wouldn't stay whole. I always had to make a good estimate of how far I could go without breaking anything."
With a time of 2: 07.39, the 30-year-old born Somali did not succeed in sharpening his own Dutch record, although he did run his second time ever in the marathon. Despite his physical discomfort, he did not consider giving up in Amsterdam.
"There was still a good time in it. I was still on a schedule of more than 2 hours and 6 minutes and then you just keep going, though I already wondered at 15 kilometers if I would make it to the finish."
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"Everything in the sign of Tokyo"
Given his injury, Nageeye is still quite satisfied with his time. "It was not possible to really accelerate. If you consider that, I must be quite satisfied. Two years ago I would have been very happy with it," said the Dutchman, who is already looking forward to his next mission.
"I'm going to recover well and then make plans for next year. Then everything will be dominated by the Olympic Games in Tokyo."
His ninth place was enough for Nageeye to be able to call himself Dutch champion, although he didn't really have competition in the battle for that title. The silver was for Frank Futselaar (2: 14.08) and Roel Weimenga took the bronze in 2: 19.55.
The Kenyan Vincent Kipchumba won the Amsterdam marathon in 2: 05.09. The Ethiopian Solomon Deksisa (second) and Kipchumba's countryman Elisha Rotich (third) completed the podium in the Olympic Stadium.