Björn Koreman from Geertruigenberg got out in the Amsterdam marathon. Until 15 kilometers he competed at the front and was well on schedule to participate in the battle for the Dutch title, but then he dropped. Afterwards, he told the Omroep Brabant radio program De Zuidtribune about the injury that got in the way.
Koreman had his sights set on the Dutch championship, he announced in advance. Until last week he was also able to train well. “But last Saturday it suddenly shot into my shin,” he says in the sports program. “After the training it was clear that it was not good. On Monday they examined and it turned out that my starting advice for this is to keep rust.”
“I would keep rust until the marathon”
“We made a plan after that,” the athlete continues. “I would rest until the marathon. Not running, while you normally still make quite a few kilometers in the last week, but that was not possible.”
Without any training in the last week, Koreman started the marathon in Amsterdam in good spirits. “Until the 15 kilometers it was so easy. I didn’t have the last of anything so I had confidence until my body let me down.”
Koreman is not the first athlete to struggle with an incipient stress fracture. “It is a typical runners ailment, it regularly occurs in top sport”, says Koreman.
“That 2.10 will definitely come”
Next week more research will be done on his tibia and he will also receive an MRI scan. “I think I should take one or two weeks of complete rest, then it can recover. Maybe I can do another walk between December and February. Those 2 hours and 10 minutes will definitely come!”
The Dutch title went to Khalid Choukoud. The Ethiopian Tamirat Tola was the fastest in Amsterdam. He finished in a top time after two hours, three minutes and 39 seconds, a new course record.
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