Sunday, October 7, 2012
2:04:38 (CR) - Tsegaye Kebede leads 1-2-3 Ethiopian sweep in Chicago Marathon and Baysa makes Ethiopian Double in close finish
Tsegaye Kebede won the 35th BOA Chicago Marathon 2012 this morning, the first Ethiopian to do so in Chicago, breaking the course record of 2:05:37 set by Moses Mosop of Kenya last year in a new course record time of 2:04:38 (PB) which ranks 4th in World Leading behind Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya (2:0415 Berlin), Dennis Kimetto of Kenya (2:04:16 Berlin) and Ayele Abshero of Ethiopia (2:04:23 Dubai).
Fellow countrymen Feyisa Lilesa and Tilahun Regassa finished closely behind in second and third in 2:04:52 and 2:05:27 respectively, all under the old course record and making an Ethiopian clean sweep in men's category.
Atsede Baysa made a double for Ethiopia when she narrowly defeated Rita Jeptoo of Kenya at the tape in 2:22:03 by a one-second margin. Another Kenyan Lucy Kabuu came in third followed by the defending champion Liliya Shobukhova of Russia who has won the last three titles here in a row including the superb 2:18:20 triumph which made her the second fastest women in marathon all time behind Paula Radcliffe who incidentally still holds the Chicago course record of 2:17:18 in 2002.
There were about 45,000 participants in this event.
Top 3 finishers:
1) 2:04:38 (CR) (PB) - Tsegaye Kebede (ETH)
2) 2:04:52 - Feyisa Lilesa (ETH)
3) 2:05:27 - Tilahun Regassa (ETH)
Women [CR - 2:17:18 Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2002]
1) 2:22:03 - Atsede Baysa (ETH)
2) 2:22:04 - Rita Jeptoo (KEN)
3) 2:22:41 - Lucy Kabuu (KEN)