Galen Rupp, Tirunesh Dibaba win first major marathons at Chicago

Abel Kirui will be seeking a successful Chicago Marathon title defence

Rupp beat out fierce competition, including defending champion Abel Kirui, to take an historic victory and become the first United States victor since Khalid Khannouci won in 2002. "It's just a great day".

The women's race was won by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba in 2:18:31.

"This is my third marathon and I'm very happy to have won here", Dibaba said.

Rupp, who is a former track star and three-time Olympian, finished the Boston Marathon in second place previous year and became the first American since 1964 to win a medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2012 London Olympics. I made the mistake in the past of going out a little too hard too soon and you still have a long ways to go for several miles.

The Chicago Marathon rivals the New York City Marathon in popularity, with an estimated 1.7 million spectators lining the course according to race officials.




Rupp, born four years after Meyer's victory, won a 10,000 metres silver medal behind his British training partner Sir Mo Farah at the London 2012 Olympics. I really wanted to wait.

The Chicago Marathon was only his fourth marathon ever. "I felt a little gap pulling away and then I said I've just got to put down the hammer and pull away". "I feel like I've been second so many times in my career, just always this close so I just am so thrilled that I was able to pull it out here".

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.

Without the use of pacemakers - athletes who are paid to lead portions of the race in hopes of encouraging fast times - the opening splits of the men's race were slow, 2:11 pace to be exact through the first few kilometres. She stayed with the lead pack throughout and finished in third place with a time of 2:20:57.

Rupp is a three-time U.S. Olympian. Kenya's Brigid Kosgei was second, and American Jordan Hasay third.

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