Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Galen Rupp, Tirunesh Dibaba win first major marathons at Chicago

Galen Rupp Is Better Prepared For The Marathon Than Ever 40th Chicago Marathon This Morning
Dexter Carr | 09 October, 2017, 00:35

It's been 15 years since an American man has won the 40th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon, but that record was broken today after Galen Rupp became the first American man to win the Chicago Marathon since 2002. Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba earned the victory in 2:18:31. Joan Benoit Samuelson held the previous fastest American woman in Chicago (2:21:21) from October 20, 1985 until Sunday.

Rupp, competing in just his fourth marathon, surged clear of the rest of field in a tactical race with a 24th mile recorded in just 4min 30sec.

Before Sunday, Khalid Khannouchi was the last American victor when he crossed the finish line first in 2002.

Dibaba vowed to challenge the women's course record of 2:17:18 set by British world record holder Paula Radcliffe in 2002 and was on that pace in the early going. His win on Sunday is the first by an American man at the World Marathon Majors since Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Hasay was third in Boston in 2:23:0 in what was her marathon debut.

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The men split 1:05:49 through the halfway point while the women were not far back in 1:08:48.

One of the biggest breakthroughs in the race was 26-year-old Jordan Hasay, who ran 2:20:57 to become the second-fastest American woman of all-time. The last United States of America runner to medal in that race was Bill Mills, who won gold at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

As Dibaba had more than a minute lead at the 40K mark, she was never in danger of finishing outside of the winner's circle.

Kirui came in second place only 28 seconds behind Rupp, and another Kenyan, Bernard Kipyego, came in third.

Stay tuned for top Canadian results from the 2017 Chicago Marathon.

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