Galen Rupp of Portland, Oregon on Sunday morning became the first American to win the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 15 years and prevented Kenyan Abel Kirui from a back-to-back win. His win on Sunday is the first by an American man at the World Marathon Majors since Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Before Sunday, Khalid Khannouchi was the last American victor when he crossed the finish line first in 2002. Together, she and McFadden have won every Chicago Marathon since 2007. "I worked very hard for this". 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.
Rupp, who took 2012 Olympic silver at 10,000m, made his charge with three miles remaining and no one had a response.
"I hadn't really planned out when I was going to go but I definitely wanted to wait until 20 to 22 miles", Rupp said after the race. "When I went I knew I had to put the hammer down, be decisive and go for the finish".
"I just tried to relax and when I make the move be decisive". Her sub-2:21 clocking is a course record for Americans.
Now she is chasing the Chicago Marathon women's course record of 2:17:18 set by Britain's world-record holder Paula Radcliffe in 2002. The Kenyan fell back with 10km remaining, leaving Dibaba alone to the end.
Dibaba, 32, is a two-time 5,000m world champion and three-time 10,000m world champion who settled for second at this year's worlds in London, trailing only compatriot Almaz Ayana. Past year in Rio, Dibaba was third in the 10,000. Rupp was expected to contend after finishing second in April's Boston Marathon with a time of 2:09:58.
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