Galen Rupp is first American to win Chicago Marathon in 15 years

Galen Rupp Is Better Prepared For The Marathon Than Ever

Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba pushed toward a course-record pace nearly from the start to win the women's side of the Marathon in 2:18:31. American Jordan Hasay set a PB finishing third overall, matching her placing-performance from Boston, running 2:20:57.

Rupp, who is a former track star and three-time Olympian, finished the Boston Marathon in second place past year and became the first American since 1964 to win a medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2012 London Olympics.

Rupp has competed in three Olympic events, medaling in the 10,000 meters in London's 2012 Olympics.

But ultimately she came up slightly short of the course record.

Through 5K in the men's race, there were 26 runners in a lead pack, headed by American Aaron Braun, with all the favourites content on the slow pace, which continued through 10K, projected for a 2:12:30 finish.


The Ethiopian attacked shortly before the field passed halfway in 1:08.48 before breaking clear from Kenyan rival Brigid Kosgei in the 19th mile. Shortly after 21.1K, Dennis Kimetto, the men's world record holder, stepped off the course limping with an apparent injury, continuing his recent struggles that have plagued him for the past two years.

The time made her the second-fastest American marathoner in history behind only Deena Kastor, who clocked 2:19.36 in 2006. The crushing blow by Rupp was a 2:47 surge in the 38th kilometer to break the race open and leave Kirui behind.

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

As he came down the home straight Rupp looked strong and composed to clinch the win in 2:09:20, taking over 38 seconds off his personal best.

Stay tuned for top Canadian results from the 2017 Chicago Marathon.

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