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Chumba, Kiplagat win Chicago Marathon titles

DICKSON CHUMBA

Chumba Dickson of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Mens 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 11, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois

CHICAGO, October 11 – Dickson Chumba captured the Chicago Marathon men’s title on Sunday, leading the second straight Kenyan podium sweep by finishing ahead of Sammy Kitwara and Sammy Ndungu.

Chumba crossed the finish line in 2:09:25 to beat Kitwara (2:09.50) in a race that featured slower times than usual after organizers decided not to include pace-setters.

Ndungu (2:10.06) claimed the bronze, outsprinting Ethiopia’s Girmay Birhanu Gebru (2:10.07) down the stretch for the final podium position.

Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat won the women’s title in a time of 2:23.33 as athletes from the East African distance running powerhouses dominated both elite fields.

Chumba’s time was five minutes slower than Eliud Kipchoge’s winning time last year at 2:04.11. The world record stands at 2:02.57.

Chumba said he hopes to return in 2016 to defend his title.

“Maybe next year to win,” he said. “I need to run maybe a faster time.”

The decision to drop the pace-setters made for a slower race but was done to try and combat doping in the sport.

Rita Jeptoo, a three-time women’s winner of the Boston Marathon and two-time winner in Chicago, is the biggest name in Kenyan athletics to be swept up in the doping scandal that has cast a shadow over the distance running community.

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Chumba took command of the race in the 23rd mile, pulling away from Kitwara and Abel Kuma to post a 25 second victory. It was also the third sweep of the podium by the Kenyans in the last five years.

Despite a slower time on Sunday, Chumba, who finished third in Chicago last year in 2:04.32, improved his podium position by two spots.

He has been one of the most consistent runners over the last year, winning the Tokyo Marathon in 2014 and finishing third there earlier this year.

In his last unpaced major marathon in 2013 he finished seventh (2:14.08) in Boston.

Pre-race favourite Kitwara had been hoping to finally reach the top of the podium after finishing fourth in 2012, third in 2013 and second in 2014.

American Puskedra was ready to give up the sport after a disappointing time of 2:28.54 in his marathon debut in New York City last year. He beat his personal best time, which he set in June, by more than five minutes on Sunday.

“I ran this on short notice,” Puskedra said. “I put a lot of pressure on running my first marathon in New York last year. It didn’t go how I wanted it.

“I felt bad for my wife because financially she was picking up everything. I just felt it might be time to move on, that this might be a hobby. It might just be a pipe dream. This has definitely been a hard last 11 months.”

– Jump for joy –

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FLORENCE KIPLAGAT

Florence Kiplagat of Kenya celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the Women’s 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 11, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois

Kiplagat finished third here in 2014 but was awarded second place after Jeptoo was stripped of her title because of doping.

Kiplagat still had enough energy after completing the 26.2 mile course to celebrate her victory with a thumbs up followed by three quick leaps for joy in the finish area.

“The course for me was very nice,” she said. “It was a flat course, sometimes it’s windy, but that is part of competition.”

Ethiopia’s Yebrgual Melese finished second in 2:23.43 while Birhane Dibaba of Ethiopia placed third in 2:24.24.

MEN FULL RESULTS

1 Chumba, Dickson (KEN) 2:09:25

2 Kitwara, Sammy (KEN) 2:09:50

3 Ndungu, Sammy (KEN) 2:10:06

4 Gebru, Girmay Birhanu (ETH) 2:10:07

5 Puskedra, Luke (USA) 2:10:24

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6 Korir, Wesley (KEN) 2:10:39

7 Kibet, Elkanah (USA) 2:11:31

8 Rotich, Lucas (KEN) 2:13:39

9 Kuma, Abera (ETH) 2:13:44

10 Cabada, Fernando (USA) 2:15:36

WOMEN FULL RESULTS

1 Kiplagat, Florence (KEN) 2:23:33

2 Melese, Yebrgual (ETH) 2:23:43

3 Dibaba, Birhane (ETH) 2:24:24

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4 Fukushi, Kayoko (JPN) 2:24:25

5 Seboka, Mulu (ETH) 2:24:40

6 Assefa, Meskerem (ETH) 2:25:11

7 Kastor, Deena (USA) 2:27:47

8 Nukuri, Diane (BDI) 2:29:13

9 Draskau Petersson, Jessica (DEN) 2:30:07

10 Hall, Sara (USA) 2:31:14

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