Galen Rupp becomes first American man to win Chicago Marathon since 2002

Carey Pinkowski

Rupp was expected to contend after finishing second in April's Boston Marathon with a time of 2:09:58.

Galen Rupp made the Chicago Marathon a special one for American male runners.

At the 37km mark, the lead group was down to three Rupp, Abel Kirui and Sisay Lemma, but it wasn't long before Rupp pulled away from his two challengers and they were unable to answer.

"It's just incredible", Rupp said.

The last American to win the men's race was Khalid Khannouchi in 2002.The women's race was won by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba in 2 hours 18 minutes and 31 seconds.

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Rupp made his move in the 24th mile and there was no catching him as America's wait for a first male victor of the race since Khalid Khannouchi finally ended.

Hasay, who trains with Rupp under Alberto Salazar, was third in the Boston Marathon to give the USA its best combined male-female finish since 1985. I really wanted to wait. He won his debut at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials before winning a bronze medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Through 5K in the men's race, there were 26 runners in a lead pack, headed by American Aaron Braun, with all the favourites content on the slow pace, which continued through 10K, projected for a 2:12:30 finish.

"I ran without a pacemaker and It was hard to break a record, but I am pleased with the race and the result today". She missed the course record but clocked her second-fastest time ever.

Jordan Hasay finished third in 2:20:57 and became the fastest American woman in the Chicago Marathon history. Only Deena Kastor's 2:19:36 at the 2006 London Marathon is the fastest marathon by an American woman.

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