Chumba and Kiplagat victorious in Chicago

Dickson Chumba and Florence Kiplagat secured a Kenyan double with victories at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

In the absence of elite pacemakers, the winning time for the men’s race was considerably slower than in recent years.

Former Tokyo Marathon winner Chumba stopped the clock at two hours, nine minutes 25 seconds, posting a time almost five minutes slower than the personal best he had set when finishing third in Chicago 12 months ago.

Sammy Kitwara (2:09.50) and Sammy Ndungu (2:10.06) completed a Kenyan 1-2-3, ahead of Ethiopia’s Girmay Birhanu Gebru (2:10.07) and Luke Puskedra of the United States (2:10.24).

Kiplagat won the women’s race by 10 seconds from Yebrgual Melese, in a time of 2:23.33, with Birhane Dibaba (2:24.24) taking third.