Galen Rupp wins the Chicago Marathon. Jordan Hasay sets women's record

Pauline Gross
October 9, 2017

Galen Rupp became the first American man in 15 years to win the Chicago Marathon while Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba, a three-time Olympic champion, captured the women's crown.

It crowned a superb season for the 32-year-old after she followed second place at the London Marathon in 2:17:56 - the fifth fastest time ever - with a 10,000m silver medal at the World Championships.

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. Joan Benoit Samuelson held the previous fastest American woman in Chicago (2:21:21) from October 20, 1985 until Sunday.

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.

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

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

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Hasay was third in Boston in 2:23:0 in what was her marathon debut.

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

By 35K in both races, the lead packs had dwindled. The last United States of America runner to medal in that race was Bill Mills, who won gold at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Rupp, a bronze medallist over this distance at Rio 2016, marked the 40th anniversary of the event with a long-awaited home success in the men's race.

With a time of 2 hours 9 minutes, 20 seconds, Rupp beat Kenya's Abel Kirui by 28 seconds after passing him at the 35K mark. Another Kenyan, Bernard Kipyego, was third in 2:10:23.

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

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