Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

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

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

Galen Rupp of the United States wins the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Chicago.

An American has won the men's Chicago Marathon for the first time since 2002. Kosgei of Kenya finished second in the women's race, lowering her personal best by four minutes clocking 2:20:22.

Rupp, 31, was the first American man to win the Chicago Marathon since Morocco-born Khalid Khannouchi in 2002.

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Dibaba was in a class of her own in the women's race, winning in a time of 2:18:31. The last American-born runner to win the men's race was Greg Meyer in 1982. Joan Benoit Samuelson held the previous fastest American woman in Chicago (2:21:21) from October 20, 1985 until Sunday.

As the race progressed in the second half the field began to diminish including world record holder Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Bett stepping off the course.

Hasay, who trains with Rupp under Alberto Salazar, was third in the Boston Marathon to give the USA its best combined male-female finish since 1985. Kenya's Bernard Kipyego was third. Sunday marked his fourth career marathon. Kenyan Brigid Kosegi came in second place and American Jordan Hasay, the former fastest American woman to win a marathon, came in third.

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At the 37km mark, the lead group was down to three Rupp, Abel Kirui and Sisay Lemma, but it wasn't long before Rupp pulled away from his two challengers and they were unable to answer.

Florence Kiplagat's 10km time of 32:28 was also 19 seconds faster than Radcliffe's record split but by 15km it was Hasay, third this year in Boston, leading in 49:02, three seconds under record pace.

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