Kenya's Abel Kirui and Florence Kiplagat won the men's and women's Chicago Marathon on Sunday, respectively. They did so in somewhat different fashion, however.
Kirui held off his countryman and defending champion Dickson Chumba by a mere three seconds in the men's race.
Here is the full leaderboard:
|Chicago Marathon 2016: Men's Results|
|1||Kirui, Abel (KEN)||02:11:23|
|2||Chumba, Dickson (KEN)||02:11:26|
|3||Kipketer, Gideon (KEN)||02:12:20|
|4||Lonyangata, Paul (KEN)||02:13:17|
|5||Sambu, Stephen (KEN)||02:13:35|
|6||Ayele, Abayneh (ETH)||02:13:52|
|7||Fukatsu, Takuya (JPN)||02:13:53|
|8||Estrada, Diego (USA)||02:13:56|
|9||Gokaya, Koji (JPN)||02:14:34|
|10||Kibet, Elkanah (USA)||02:16:37|
Kirui, who won the 2008 Vienna Marathon and took silver in the event at the 2012 London Olympics, surpassed Chumba in the final mile in what turned out to be a wild, unpredictable race.
Lauren Victory of CBS Chicago showed Kirui crossing the finish line:
And Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune described the compelling race:
The marathon saw wild swings in times and erratic surges throughout, with a pack of runners recording Mile 13 in 5:25 and Mile 15 in 4:34. Miles 19 and 20 were run in a pack at 5:22 and then the lead runners recorded Mile 21 at 4:20. Women’s winner Florence Kiplagat ran a faster split than the lead men on some miles.
Kirui was pleased with his performance, per Ryan:
Diego Estrada was the top United States men's finisher, meanwhile, coming in eighth place.
There was less drama on the women's side, where Kiplagat dominated.
|Chicago Marathon 2016: Women's Results|
|1||Kiplagat, Florence (KEN)||02:21:32|
|2||Kiplagat, Edna (KEN)||02:23:28|
|3||Kipketer, Valentine (KEN)||02:23:41|
|4||Rionoripo, Purity (KEN)||02:24:47|
|5||Melese, Yebrgual (ETH)||02:24:49|
|6||Baysa, Atsede (ETH)||02:28:53|
|7||Burla, Serena (USA)||02:30:40|
|8||Mierzejewska, Agnieszka (POL)||02:32:13|
|9||Crouch, Sarah (USA)||02:33:48|
|10||Gray, Alia (USA)||02:34:00|
Victory also shared Kiplagat crossing the finish line after her convincing performance:
Kiplagat was the defending champion in Chicago and also won the 2011 and 2013 Berlin Marathons. She also holds the world record in the half marathon, so she was the favorite coming into Sunday's race. She didn't disappoint, pulling away from the pack in the 18th mile and winning by nearly two minutes.
Like Kirui, Kiplagat was pleased with her performance afterward, per Ryan:
Serena Burla was the top United States finisher in the women's field, coming in seventh. But the day belonged to Kenya, with the country representing the top five finishers on the men's side and the top four for the women.
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