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Chicago Marathon sees first American victor in 15 years

Chicago Marathon sees first American victor in 15 years

Galen Rupp won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday to become the first American victor in 15 years.

Last year's champion Abel Kirui of Kenya finished second.

The men's race started very slow with American Aaron Braun, whose PR was 2:12:54, leading through mile 9. Joan Benoit Samuelson held the previous fastest American woman in Chicago (2:21:21) from October 20, 1985 until Sunday.

Only Paula Radcliffe has run faster than 2:19 twice in the same season, a feat Dibaba accomplished on Sunday. The women pushed it from the gun, splitting 2:16-2:17 projected pace through the downtown core of Chicago.

Galen Rupp celebrates after winning the men's race at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8, 2017 in Chicago. The last American-born runner to win the men's race was Greg Meyer in 1982.

Kenya's defending champion Florence Kiplagat pulled out soon after halfway after losing contact with the leaders.

The time made her the second-fastest American marathoner in history behind only Deena Kastor, who clocked 2:19.36 in 2006.

The World Marathon Majors continue on November 5 with the New York City Marathon.

Kosgei hung on for second place in 2:20:22 as United States' superb day continued with third place for Jordan Hasay in 2:20.57.

By 35K in both races, the lead packs had dwindled. Khannouchi was born in Morocco so Rupp is the first USA born victor since 1982.

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. Another Kenyan, Bernard Kipyego, was third in 2:10:23.

Matthew Slocum finished the 26.2-mile race is two hours, 35 minutes and 24 seconds - good for 99th place, according to unofficial results.


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