The victory took his tally to two out of his four outings over the classic distance, both his victories coming on Dutch roads having also won the 2013 Rotterdam Marathon.
The Ethiopian made a decisive surge in the 36th kilometre in Eindhoven to quickly put daylight between himself and his main rivals.
In addition to putting his fellow runners well behind him, the burst of acceleration also helped him forget all the worries of a slight left knee injury which had troubled him in the weeks prior to the race, and even on the start line.
“It was something that was bothering me throughout the race but only a little bit. When the pace was about 63 minutes at the halfway, I was happy as I could feel that my knee was OK at this pace and so I am very happy to have the win, and not unhappy about missing the course record or my personal best (2:0527),” said the regular training partner of distance running great Kenenisa Bekele.
The race started in perfect conditions for fast times: 10 degrees Celsius, slightly overcast and almost no wind; and the weather stayed calm for the rest of the morning.
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