Chicago Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Countryman Galen Rupp and Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba took the honours at the 40th edition of the Chicago Marathon. The winning times are 2:09:20 and 2:18:31 respectively.
First staged in 1977, Chicago Marathon had attracted a field of more than 4,200 runners, making it the largest marathon in the world at the time. It was one of the special editions of the event on 8 October 2017. Galen Rupp, who managed to pull away from his African rivals, became the first US man since Khalid Khannouchi in 2002 to take the victory. The 31-year old marathoner from Portland finished in 2:09:20. Kenyan Abel Kirui, one of the pre-race favourites, followed in 2:09:48. Another Kenyan Bernard Kipyego arrived in a time of 2:10:23 getting the third place.
On the women’s side, Tirunesh Dibaba, current 5000m world record holder who has a brilliant track career with six global track titles and three Olympic gold medals, dominated the race to win in 2:18:31. Second was the Kenyan Brigid Kosgei finishing in 2:20:22. Jordan Hasay of USA ran a personal best of 2:20:57 in the second marathon of her career to finish in third place.
Chicago Marathon was the fourth stop of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which began in London this year. Timing in the race is provided with MyLaps BibTag System. The performances of the runners are measured by the tags attached to their bib numbers.