Kenyans Abel Kirui, Ki­pla­gat notch Chicago Marathon wins

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Two-time world cham­pion Abel Kirui de­nied Dick­son Chumba a sec­ond straight Chicago Marathon ti­tle, seiz­ing a nar­row lead in the clos­ing kilo­me­ters and hold­ing on for the win in the Windy City yes­ter­day.

Kirui, the 2012 Olympic sil­ver medal­list, won in 2hrs 11min 23sec with Chumba sec­ond in 2:11:26 and Gideon Kip­keter third in 2:12:20. While Chumba was un­able to re­peat his 2015 tri­umph, Kenya’s Florence Ki­pla­gat won her sec­ond straight Chicago crown, pow­er­ing to a dom­i­nant vic­tory in 2:21:32, al­most two sec­onds ahead of run­ner-up Edna Ki­pla­gat’s 2:23:28. Valen­tine Kip­keter com­pleted the Kenyan women’s sweep, fin­ish­ing third in 2:23:41.

In a men’s race that in the ab­sence of a pace-set­ter fea­tured er­ratic surges in speed, a trio of Kenyans, Chumba, Kip­keter and Kirui, broke away late from a group of 13.

With two kilo­me­ters re­main­ing Chumba and Kirui were jock­ey­ing for the lead be­fore Kirui, run­ning in Chicago for the first time, made a de­ci­sive move to cap­ture his first vic­tory in one of the six Word Marathon Ma­jors. There was no such drama for half-marathon world record-holder Florence Ki­pla­gat, who pow­ered home all alone, giv­ing a quick vic­tory dance af­ter cross­ing the line and em­brac­ing her train­ing part­ner Kirui. “When I was com­ing here I was de­ter­mined to win be­cause I just wanted to win twice,” said the win­ner, who didn’t ap­proach her per­sonal best of 2:19:44 set in Ber­lin in 2011 but who bet­tered the 2:23:33 she ran in Chicago last year. Kirui was de­lighted with his Chicago de­but. “It’s won­der­ful, amaz­ing,” he said. —AFP


CHICAGO: Gideon Kipeter of Kenya fin­ishes 3rd in the men’s race at the Bank of Amer­ica Chicago Marathon yes­ter­day in Chicago, Illinois.

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