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Galen Rupp ends American men's drought in Chicago Marathon

09 October 2017

Three-time Olympian Galen Rupp was the victor, in 2:09:20.

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba won the women's race in 2:18:31. It was Dibaba's first career marathon win despite being the third-fastest woman in history, having run 2:17:56 at the 2017 London Marathon. Khannouchi was born in Morocco so Rupp is the first US born victor since 1982.

Kenya's Abel Kirui was second, 28 seconds behind Rupp.

"It's just incredible", the delighted victor told NBC afterwards. "The longer the better". "I've made the mistake in the past of going too hard, too soon..."

"I really wanted to wait", Rupp said. "That was my plan".

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

The Chicago Marathon was only his fourth marathon ever. He finished second in April's Boston Marathon.

The last time an American runner won the Chicago Marathon was Deena Kastor in 2005.

Slocum also races in the Garden State. "You train so hard to have a race like this and to have it all come together, words just can't describe the feeling when I came across the line". She went out with an aggressive pace and was all alone by the 30-kilometer mark.

Around 25K, Hasay began fading from the lead women - Dibaba and Brigid Kosgei - by approximately 20 seconds but was still on sub-2:19 pace, under the American women's marathon record of 2:19:36, running alongside Kiplagat. She broke 1984 Olympic medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson's Chicago course record for an American. This is now the first time Americans have finished top three in both the men's and women's races at the Chicago Marathon since 1985. Stanley Biwott, a 2:03:51 marathoner and victor of New York City in 2015, dropped out shortly after.

Galen Rupp ends American men's drought in Chicago Marathon