Tsegaye Kebede became the first Ethiopian man to win the Chicago Marathon by capturing Sunday’s 35th edition in a course record, with compatriot Atsede Baysa taking the women’s title by a stride.
Kebede surged in the final mile to win in 2hr 04min 38sec and defeat countryman Feyisa Lilesa by 14 seconds, with Tilahun Regassa third in 2:05:26 on his marathon debut to complete an Ethiopian men’s podium sweep.
“This is a great day for us, for Ethiopia especially,” Kebede said.
Kebede’s victory snapped a run of consecutive Chicago victories by Kenyan men at nine.
The former men’s course mark was 2:05:37 last year by Kenyan Moses Mosop.
In a women’s duel in doubt until the last second, Ethiopia's Baysa edged Kenya's Rita Jeptoo, the 2006 Boston Marathon winner, at the finish line.
Baysa was given an official time of 2:22:03, a personal best by one second, with Jeptoo second at 2:22:04 and Kenya's Lucy Kabuu third, 38 seconds adrift. — AFP