- American Galen Rupp on Sunday stunned Kenyan and Ethiopian bigwigs to win this year’s edition of the Chicago Marathon men's race.
- The American cut the tape in 2:09:20 to win his first World Major Marathon title.
American Galen Rupp on Sunday stunned a rich field to win this year’s edition of the Chicago Marathon men's race.
The 31-year-old cut the tape in a personal best 2:09:20 to win his first World Major Marathon title. Last year's winner Abel Kirui of Kenya (2:09:48) was placed second finishing ahead of compatriot Bernard Kipyego who clocked 2:10:23.
Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba won the women's race in a time of 2:18:30 ahead of Kenya's Brigid Kosgei +1:53 and American Jordan Hasay (+2:28). It was Dibaba's first major crown at the distance.
It proved to be a disappointing comeback for world record holder Dennis Kimetto as he failed to finish the race in his first appearance after several months out due to injury.
He led at the halfway mark in 1:05:49 but began limping soon after and by 25km was off the pace for good.
Rupp, who became the first American in 15 years to win the course, attributed his victory to great work from his coach Alberto Salazar and support from his family.
"It’s just incredible. You train so hard year in and year out, day in and day out and to have a race like this where it all comes together and be able to win in a city that really is such a special place to me, given that my dad grew up here - words can't express the feeling of crossing the line,” he said at the finish line.