Kenyans second best as Rupp, Dibaba rule Chicago Marathon
Both champions from the 2016 Chicago Marathon failed to hold on to their titles as Olympic bronze medallist Gallen Rupp and former Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba raced to glory on Sunday.
Rupp became the first American since 2002 to win the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, holding off defending champion Abel Kirui of Kenya for his first major victory at the distance.
Rupp, this year’s Boston Marathon runner-up, won in a personal best of 2 hrs 9 mins 20 secs to defeat Kirui by 28 seconds with Kenya’s Bernard Kipyego third in 2:10:23.
Former world champion Dibaba of Ethiopia won the Chicago Marathon women’s title on Sunday, pulling away to win her first major crown at the distance.
Dibaba won in 2hrs 18mins 31secs to defeat Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei by 1:51 with American Jordan Hasay third in 2:20:57. Florence Kipalagat thus relinquished her title.
1. Galen Rupp (USA) 2hrs 9mins 20secs
2. Abel Kirui (KEN) 2:09:48
3. Bernard Kipyego (KEN) 2:10:23
4. Sisay Lemma (ETH) 2:11:01
5. Stephen Sambu (KEN) 2:11:07
6. Kohei Matsumura (JPN) 2:11:46
7. Ezekiel Chebii (KEN) 2:12:12
8. Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 2:12:19
9. Chris Derrick (USA) 2:12:50
10. Michael Shelley (AUS) 2:12:52
1. Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 2:18:31
2. Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2:20:22
3. Jordan Hasay (USA) 2:20:57
4. Madai Perez (MEX) 2:24:44
5. Valentine Kipketer (KEN) 2:28:05
6. Lisa Weightman (AUS) 2:28:45
7. Maegan Krifchin (USA) 2:33:46
8. Alia Gray (USA) 2:34:25
9. Taylor Ward (USA) 2:35:27
10. Becky Wade (USA) 2:35:46
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