Kenya’s Chumba, Kiplagat win titles at Chicago Marathon


Men’s elite winner Dickson Chumba crosses the finish line at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Erin Hooley, Chicago Tribune)

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CHICAGO — Dickson Chumba broke away from a three-man pack in the 23rd mile and easily outdistanced the field for his first Chicago Marathon title Sunday.

The 29-year-old Kenyan finished the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 25 seconds, while fellow Kenyan Sammy Kitwara was 25 seconds back for his second consecutive runner-up finish in Chicago.

Sammy Ndungu completed Kenya's podium sweep.

Florence Kiplagat won the women's race in an unofficial 2:23:33.

The 28-year-old Kenyan, the half marathon world-record holder, pulled away late. Ethiopian Yebrgual Melese was second in an unofficial 2:23:43.

The men's and women's winners each won $100,000.

Sunday's race was the first without pace-setters, which officials said would result in a more competitive but slower event with record-breaking performances less likely.


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