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Galen Rupp became the first American man in 35 years to win the Chicago Marathon while Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba, a three-time Olympic champion, took the women's crown on Sunday, October 8.

Rupp became the first American born winner in Chicago since Greg Meyer won in 1982. (Khalid Khannouchi won the Chicago marathon in 1999 for Morocco but in 2000 and 2002 he won for United States). 

The Rio Olympics silver medalis, Rupp, took the lead with three miles remaining ( clocking 4:30 for mile 24, 4:34 for mile 25 and 4:33 for mile 26) to win the race in 2hrs 9mins 20secs. Defending champion Abel Kirui of Kenya came in second 28 seconds back while his compatriot  Bernard Kipyego took third in 2:10:23.

"I really wanted to wait," Rupp said. "I felt a little gap pulling away and then I said I've just got to put down the hammer and pull away.

"I just tried to relax and when I make the move be decisive. It feels tremendous. I feel so great I was able to pull it out."

Tirunesh Dibaba, a former world and Olympic 5,000 and 10,000m champion clocked an impressive personal best of 2:18:31 to win the women's race in her third marathon race in her career. 

"This is my third marathon and I'm very happy to have won here," Dibaba said. "I worked very hard for this."

Kenya's Brigid Kosgei crossed the line in second in 2:20:22 with American Jordan Hasay third in 2:20:57.

Men's Top Results

1» Rupp, Galen (USA) 02:09:20

2» Kirui, Abel (KEN) 02:09:48

3» Kipyego, Bernard (KEN) 02:10:23

4» Lemma, Sisay (ETH) 02:11:01

5» Sambu, Stephen (KEN) 02:11:07

6» Matsumura , Kohei (JPN) 02:11:46

7» Chebii, Ezekiel (KEN) 02:12:12

8» Tadese, Zersenay (ERI) 02:12:19

9» Derrick, Chris (USA) 02:12:50

10» Shelley, Michael (AUS) 02:12:52


Women's Top Results

1» Dibaba, Tirunesh (ETH) 02:18:31

2» Kosgei, Brigid (KEN) 02:20:22

3» Hasay, Jordan (USA) 02:20:57

4» Perez, Madai (MEX)02:24:44

5» Kipketer, Valentine (KEN) 02:28:05

6» Weightman, Lisa (AUS) 02:28:45

7» Krifchin, Maegan (USA) 02:33:46

8» Gray, Alia (USA) 02:34:25

9» Ward, Taylor (USA) 02:35:27

10» Wade, Becky (USA) 02:35:46

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