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Rupp 1st American to win men's Chicago Marathon since 2002

09 October, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Galen Rupp won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday to become the first American victor in 15 years. Tirunesh Dibaba of Ehtiopia was the women's victor, finishing in 2:18:30.

With Rupp and Kirui taking the top two spots, Bernard Kipyego of Kenya finished third in the men's race in 2:10:23. The 31-year-old ran 2:09:20, a PB, followed by defending champion and Kenyan Abel Kirui in 2:09:48.

Rupp, who took 2012 Olympic silver at 10,000m, made his charge with three miles remaining and no one had a response.

Rupp made his move in the 24th mile and there was no catching him as America's wait for a first male victor of the race since Khalid Khannouchi finally ended.

Galen Rupp of the United States wins the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Chicago. He won his debut at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials before winning a bronze medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.




"It's just incredible", he said at the finish line. He also won the race in 1999 and 2000.

Some 40,000 runners are expected for the 40th running of the marathon which begins and ends on Columbus Drive near grant park. She stayed with the lead pack throughout and finished in third place with a time of 2:20:57. At the halfway point the lead group came in 1:06:06.

The Ethiopian had set her sights on the course record of 2:17:18 and although that proved to be beyond her, Dibaba eased to victory nearly two minutes ahead of Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, while home favourite Jordan Hasay was third.

Meanwhile, the women were on course-record pace through 10K, clocking 32:28, including Dibaba, Hasay and Florence Kiplagat, the two-time defending champion.

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