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    From the AP

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Kenya's Evans Rutto won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday in his debut at this distance, pulling away after 20 miles and running the rest of the race by himself.

    He was timed in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 50 seconds _ a world best for a marathon debut. Russia's Svetlana Zakharova won the women's division in 2:23:07.

    Rutto, a top runner in shorter distances, topped the previous debut mark of 2:06:47, set by Wilson Onsare in Paris this year. Rutto was just shy of the course record mark of 2:05:42, run last year by Khalid Khannouchi.

    Paul Koech of Kenya finished second in 2:07:07 for the 26.2 miles, more than a minute behind. Daniel Njenga was third in 2:07:41.

    The race was run under clear skies, with the starting temperature at 53, a pleasant surprise for runners who typically expect chill and wind in Chicago.

    Zakharova finished first in 2:23:07. Early leader Constantina Tomescu-Dita was second in 2:23:35, and Jelena Prokopcuka was third in 2:24:53.

    In the men's race, pace-setter Gert Thys ran the first half in 1:03:20, about 11 seconds ahead of the lead pack that included Rutto. With the wind finally at his back, Rutto and the rest of the leaders picked up the pace and passed Thys at about 15 miles.

    Rutto was never challenged after taking the lead and he was on pace to break the course record until tiring in the closing miles.

    To make the race more attractive, officials altered the course this year to make it even faster. Six turns were eliminated from the final three miles _ though with no challengers to push Rutto, the easy finish wasn't much of a help.

    The men's and women's races were missing some of the top runners from last year when Paula Radcliffe set the world record. She later beat that mark in London.

    World record holder Paul Tergat ran in Berlin and four-time winner Khannouchi pulled out because of injury. Radcliffe and two-time champion Catherine Ndereba also skipped the race.

  • #2
    Re: Rutto wins in Chicago

    Thanks for posting the results.


    • #3
      Re: Rutto wins in Chicago

      good marathon debut, sub-2:06 is now the new standard