Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Rupp 1st American to win men's Chicago Marathon since 2002

Rupp 1st American to win men's Chicago Marathon since 2002

The American cut the tape in a personal best 2:09:20 to win his first World Major Marathon title.

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba won the women's race in 2:18:31.

Rupp, 31, was the first American man to win the Chicago Marathon since Morocco-born Khalid Khannouchi in 2002. Khannouchi was born in Morocco so Rupp is the first USA born victor since 1982. Kenyan Abel Kirui came in second, 28 seconds behind Rupp.

The 100-kilometre (60-mile) Ultra Mirage El Djerid race attracted 58 competitors including eight women and 25 foreign runners. "I worked very hard for this". I really wanted to wait.

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He was the first runner from New Jersey to cross the finish line. "That was my plan".

Dibaba, 32, is a two-time 5,000m world champion and three-time 10,000m world champion.

The win is also a bounce back for McFadden, who finished fourth at this year's Boston Marathon following surgery for blood clots in February. He received the bronze medal when finishing third at the Olympic Games' marathon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. He finished second in April's Boston Marathon.

The Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday with the first wave of runners to start at 8:30 a.m.

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"I ran without a pacemaker and It was hard to break a record, but I am pleased with the race and the result today".

Jordan Hasay, a 26-year-old from Fontana, California, came close to matching the feat in the women's race. This was her second career marathon.

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. Most marathons award six-figure checks to winners, with Boston paying $150,000 and NY $130,000.

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