CHICAGO (USA): Chicago Marathon winner Abel Kirui wants to demonstrate his victory on Sunday was no fluke next season, informs Xinhua. “I have done well to show that I still have the energy and the tactics to win big city marathons. What remains is to prove in another event that the win in Chicago was no fluke. I have trained hard and deserve the credit and will continue to prove to my critics that I was in the best of my shape,” he said. Kirui hopes to be invited to next year’s London Marathon and gain selection for next year’s World Championships where he could claim a record third title.
CHICAGO (USA): Last year’s winner Dickson Chumba only arrived into Chicago on Friday night due to visa problems, informs Citizen Digital. “I’m not sure why I was the one whose visa was delayed. I’m yet to meet with the people who are responsible. Whether it was intentional or not, I will not let anyone take the title from me easily,” he said.
CHICAGO (USA): Diego Estrada still finished as the top American finisher in the Chicago Marathon despite spraining his ankle after tripping on a water bottle at the 10km checkpoint, informs RRW. “I didn’t know if I should drop out or continue. I just told myself that wasn’t an option,” he said. Estrada appeared at the post-race press conference on crutches.
CHICAGO (USA): In the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 40,400 runners crossed the finish line in Chicago’s “front yard,” Grant Park, as ideal weather conditions greeted them as well as thousands of volunteers and more than 1.7 million spectators. For the second consecutive year, race organizers did not use pacesetters.
CHICAGO (USA): In the Abbott World Marathon Majors after Chicago in men standings Abel Kirui is 3rd tied with Lemi Berhanu, both 25 points. Clearly behind top two Eliud Kipchoge 50 and Kenenisa Bekele 34 points. Dickson Chumba has 16 and is in tied 6th position. In women standings Florence Kiplagat has 34 points now and is second behind Jemima Jelagat Sumgong 50. Third Aberu Kebede, Atsede Baysa, both 25 points. Fifth Tirfi Tsegaye has 20.
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