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Ruth Chepngetich and Seifi Tura Won in Chicago as the Marathon Returned

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After ready practically two years for America’s three main marathons to return, runners and followers alike have been greeted with back-to-back spectacles, with Chicago main the method on Sunday and Boston selecting up the tempo on Monday.

The Chicago marathon was a smaller-scale model of what’s amongst the six largest marathons in the world — however one that also lived as much as its fame as being one in every of the quickest.

Some 33,000 runners began and completed the race in Grant Park beneath humid circumstances, with temperatures reaching nicely into the 70s. Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya was on tempo to interrupt the world report earlier than settling for a dominant win, ending in 2 hours 22:31 minutes. Seifi Tura of Ethiopia gained the males’s race in 2 hours 06:12 minutes. Both are stable occasions given the uncomfortable circumstances.

It was additionally a reasonably spectacular day for the Americans. Emma Bates and Sara Hall completed in second and third place amongst the girls, and Galen Rupp completed second amongst the males.

As is usually the case in huge metropolis races although, a lot of the consideration fell to the greater than 30,000 members and the tens of 1000’s of people that watched them, giving the nation a glimpse of what issues used to appear to be.

Chepngetich clearly has a expertise for profitable in hotter climate. She gained the marathon at the world championships in Doha in 2019. That race needed to be run at night time to keep away from the most extreme temperatures, however nonetheless solely 40 of the 68 runners completed the race in the 90-degree warmth.

Boston ought to present a bit of extra consolation Monday, though temperatures might be in the excessive 60s and runners might be headed into a ten mile-per-hour wind from the northeast.