Ruth Chepngetich approaches marathon record; Emily Sisson sets U.S. mark

Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich defended her Chicago Marathon title in a dominant performance on Sunday, breaking the tape in 2 hours 14 minutes 18 seconds while compatriot Benson Kipruto clocked 2:04:24 to win the men’s race.

Chepngetich established an early lead and by halftime had established an amazing 3:42 lead over the chasing group.

The 2019 world champion stormed to the finish line with no one else in sight and was in a race against the clock as she attempted to break the world record but fell 14 seconds off Brigid Kosgei’s mark, set three years ago on the same flat course .

“I wanted to break the world record…but I’m happy,” said Chepngetich. “Next year I’m ready to come back.”

Emily Sisson was second in an American marathon record of 2:18:29 and Kenya’s Vivian Jerono Kiplagat was third.

In the men’s race, Kipruto joined a large lead group from the start to take the overall lead by 11 seconds over last year’s champion Seifu Tura Abdiwak of Ethiopia at the 40km mark in one of his signature late climbs.

The 2021 Boston Marathon winner hardly looked tired as he broke the ribbon in sunny weather seven years after his older brother Dickson Chumba won the race. Tura Abdiwak was second in 2:04:49 and Kenyan John Korir was third.

“I’m so happy,” Kipruto said. “I am here to continue from where [Chumba] Left.”

Paralympic champion Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men’s wheelchair race in a stunning time of 1:25:20, building on an outstanding 2022 that also saw him wins in Tokyo, Berlin and London.

American Susannah Scaroni stunned last year’s champion Tatyana McFadden in the women’s 1:45:48 for her first major marathon title.

https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/34760769/ruth-chepngetich-approaches-marathon-record-emily-sisson-sets-us-mark Ruth Chepngetich approaches marathon record; Emily Sisson sets U.S. mark

Emma Bowman

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