Kenyans Abel Kirui, Florence Ki­pla­gat win Chicago Marathon

Malta Independent - - SPORT / CLASSIFIEDS -

Abel Kirui of Kenya pulled ahead of de­fend­ing cham­pion Dick­son Chumba for good in the fi­nal mile to win the Chicago Marathon on Sun­day.

Florence Ki­pla­gat of Kenya won her se­cond straight Chicago Marathon women’s ti­tle.

The men’s lead al­ter­nated be­tween Kirui and Chumba for the last few miles. The 34-year-old Kirui fin­ished the 26.2-mile course in an un­of­fi­cial time of 2 hours, 11 min­utes, 23 sec­onds.

Chumba fin­ished in 2:11:26. The 29-year-old Kenyan won last year’s Chicago Marathon in 2:09:25 and fin­ished third in 2014.

The 29-year-old Ki­pla­gat fin­ished in an un­of­fi­cial time of 2:21:32. She posted a win­ning time of 2:23:33 in Chicago last year and placed third in 2014.

The top five men’s fin­ish­ers and top four women were all Kenyans.

In the men’s field, Gideon Kip­keter was third (2:12:20), Paul Lonyan­gata was fourth (2:13:17) and Stephen Sambu was fifth (2:13:35).

Edna Ki­plal­gat (2:23:28) was se­cond in the women’s di­vi­sion. Valen­tine Kip­keter was third (2:23:41) and Pu­rity Rionoripo was fourth (2:24:47).

The women’s field also in­cluded Visi­line Jep­kesho of Kenya, who won the Paris Marathon ear­lier this year. Chicago Marathon spokes­woman Cindy Hamil­ton said Jep­kesho dropped out of the race af­ter the 35-kilo­me­tre (21.75-mile) mark and was treated in the med­i­cal tent af­ter­ward.

Both the men’s and women’s win­ners won $100,000.

The top Amer­i­can fin­ish­ers were Diego Estrada of Flagstaff, Ari­zona, and Ser­ena Burla of Stafford, Virginia.

Estrada placed eighth in the men’s field with a time of 2:13:56. Burla fin­ished in 2:30:40 to place sev­enth in the women’s di­vi­sion.

Mar­cel Hug of Switzer­land won the men’s wheel­chair ti­tle in 1:32:57 to edge de­fend­ing cham­pion Kurt Fearn­ley of Aus­tralia, as both crossed the fin­ish line al­most si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Fearn­ley was seek­ing his sixth Chicago Marathon wheel­chair cham­pi­onship.

Photo: AP

Abel Kirui, of Kenya, re­acts af­ter win­ning the Chicago Marathon

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