Kenya's Chumba wins slow Chicago Marathon

Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:56pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Kenyan Dickson Chumba pulled away from compatriot Sammy Kitwara and comfortably won a slow Chicago Marathon in a sweep for the African nation on Sunday.

Chumba, wearing a bright yellow singlet, clocked 2 hours 9 minutes 25 seconds as twice runner-up Kitwara recorded his fourth consecutive top-four finish, placing 25 seconds behind.

Chumba broke up a tactical race with a surge after about 30km and gradually increased his lead over Kitwara.

"The race was good, but the pace was slow to 30km," said the 28-year-old, who won the Tokyo marathon in 2014 and finished third there this year.

Kenyan Sammy Ndungu took third in 2:10:06, followed by Ethiopian Girmay Birhanu Gebru and surprising American Luke Puskedra.

Kenya's world half-marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat claimed the women's race, breaking away at 40km to win in 2:23:33.

"The course for me was very nice," a smiling Kiplagat told reporters. "It was a flat course, sometimes it's windy, but that is part of competition."

Ethiopians Yebrgual Melese and Birhane Dibaba took the next two spots with Melese 10 seconds adrift of Kiplagat.

Early leader Kayoko Fukushi of Japan finished fourth, just one second behind Dibaba in 2:24:25.   Continued...