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    Eliud Kipchoge, Rita Jeptoo Win Chicago Marathon

    Eliud Kipchoge

    For an athlete who only began competing in marathons in 2013, Eliud Kipchoge’s win at the 2014 Chicago Marathon was pretty impressive.

    The 30-year-old from Kenya, best known as a 5,000-meter world champion who has won several medals at the Olympic level, made the switch to road running when he won the Hamburg Marathon with a time of 2:05:30 last year. He beat that time later in the year at the Berlin Marathon with 2:04:05.

    He won Sunday’s Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:04:11—his first World Marathon Majors victory. Prior to the race, most assumed the competition would be between Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia), who holds the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter world records. Bekele ended up falling back around mile 20, allowing for Kipchoge to take the lead. Bekele finished fourth with a time of 2:05:51. 

    Another assumption was that Bekele would be able to break last year’s record of 2:03:45, which was set by Dennis Kimetto (Kenya), but strong wind conditions slowed the runners down this year.

    For the women, Rita Jeptoo (Kenya) took first with a time of 2:24:35. The athlete, 33, has won the Chicago and Boston marathons two years in a row, making her the first person to have won four consecutive World Marathon Majors.

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