Rupp 1st American to win Chicago Marathon since 2002

Rupp 1st American to win Chicago Marathon since 2002

Rupp 1st American to win Chicago Marathon since 2002

The women's race was won by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba in 2:18:31.

Only Paula Radcliffe has run faster than 2:19 twice in the same season, a feat Dibaba accomplished on Sunday.

Just 12 years after that crash he finished his first Chicago Marathon in just over six hours.

Dibaba, of Ethiopia, beat out defending champion Florence Kiplagat, keeping her from winning her third consecutive Chicago Marathon.

Kirui was the toast of the race in 2006 beating all in sundry to claim a podium finish but his efforts to defend the crown on Sunday ran into a brick wall after he came second behind American Glaen Rupp who claimed the top prize in 2:09:19hrs. Stanley Biwott, a 2:03:51 marathoner and victor of New York City in 2015, dropped out shortly after. Kenya's Brigid Kosgei was second, and American Jordan Hasay third.

By 35K in both races, the lead packs had dwindled.

It was a tough race when they pulled away and Hasay was largely on her own.

"It's just incredible", the delighted victor told NBC afterwards.

Clevenger, 31, a commercial loan officer at Soy Capital Bank, enjoys running and honestly thought he might have finished higher in his debut 26.2 mile race, which he completed in just 2 hours, 27 minutes and 31 seconds.

The Chicago Marathon was only his fourth marathon ever.

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.

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