Rupp bursts clear to claim rare home Chicago Marathon win

Saul Bowman
October 9, 2017

Galen Rupp of the United States wins the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Chicago.

In addition to McFadden's seventh straight Chicago Marathon win - eighth overall - in a course-record time of 1:39:15, an American won the men's marathon for the first time since 2002.

Matthew Slocum finished the 26.2-mile race is two hours, 35 minutes and 24 seconds - good for 99th place, according to unofficial results. It is the first time since 2002 an American has won the men's Chicago Marathon. Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba earned the victory in 2:18:31. She finished third again on Sunday in 2:20:57.

Dibaba led after 5km in 16:08, 19 seconds under Radcliffe's course record pace, and had trimmed the field in the lead pack to only five. His win on Sunday is the first by an American man at the World Marathon Majors since Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon.


Kenya's defending champion Florence Kiplagat pulled out soon after halfway after losing contact with the leaders. Dibaba was out in front on her own, having gapped Kosgei, while Kirui, Rupp and Ethiopian Sisay Lemma were in contention duking out who would finish where on the men's podium.

The Ethiopian had set her sights on the course record of 2:17:18 and although that proved to be beyond her, Dibaba eased to victory nearly two minutes ahead of Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, while home favourite Jordan Hasay was third. Then, suddenly, and somewhat expectedly, Rupp, who has broke 27:00 for 10,000m, made a move that decided the race.

Kirui came in second place only 28 seconds behind Rupp, and another Kenyan, Bernard Kipyego, came in third.

Hasay was third in Boston in 2:23:0 in what was her marathon debut.

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