Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich defended her Chicago Marathon title in a dominant show on Sunday, breaking the tape in 2hr 14min 18sec, as her compatriot Benson Kipruto cruised to victory within the males’s race in 2:04:24.
Chepngetich constructed up an early lead and had established an astonishing 3min 42sec benefit over the chasing pack by the midway level. Charging to the road with nobody else was in sight, the 2019 world champion was in a race in opposition to the clock as she tried to interrupt the world file however got here up 14 seconds in need of compatriot Brigid Kosgei’s mark, set on the identical flat course three years in the past.
“I needed to interrupt the world file … however I’m comfortable,” Chepngetich stated. “Subsequent yr I’m prepared to return again once more.”
American Emily Sisson completed second in 2:18:29 and Kenyan Vivian Jerono Kiplagat third.
On the lads’s aspect, Kipruto joined a big main pack from the beginning and had grabbed the outright lead with an 11-second margin over final yr’s champion Seifu Tura Abdiwak of Ethiopia by the 40km mark in certainly one of his trademark late surges.
The 2021 Boston Marathon winner hardly appeared fatigued as he broke the tape in sunny circumstances, seven years after his older brother Dickson Chumba received the race, with Tura Abdiwak ending second in 2:04:49 and Kenyan John Korir taking third.
“I’m so comfortable,” stated Kipruto. “I’m right here to take up from the place [Chumba] left.”
Paralympic champion Marcel Hug of Switzerland received the lads’s wheelchair race in a blistering 1:25:20, constructing on a stellar 2022 that additionally introduced him wins in Tokyo, Berlin and London. American Susannah Scaroni shocked final yr’s champion Tatyana McFadden on the ladies’s aspect in 1:45:48 for her first main marathon title.