KENYANS FINISH SECOND IN BOTH MEN’S AND WOMEN’S RACES AT CHICAGO MARATHON

CHICAGO, Kenya’s Abel Kirui and Brigid Kosgei both finished second in the men’s and women’s events of the Chicago Marathon in the Windy City Sunday.

Kirui failed to defend his Chicago title after finishing behind Galen Rupp who became the first American since 2002 to win the race.

Rupp, who had finished second in this year’s Boston Marathon, won in a personal best of 2 hours 9 minutes 20 seconds to defeat Kirui by 28 seconds with another Kenyan, Bernard Kipyego, third in 2:10:23.

The last American to win the Chicago Marathon was former world record holder Khalid Khannouchi in 2002.

In the women’s competition, former World and Olympic distance champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia won the race, pulling away to win her first major crown at the distance.

Dibaba won in 2:18:31 to defeat Kosgei by 1 minute and 51 seconds with American Jordan Hasay third in 2:20:57.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK