Eliud Kipchoge and Rita Jeptoo triumph in the Chicago Marathon

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Kenyan athletes dominated the Chicago Marathon as Eliud Kipchoge and Rita Jeptoo both won titles in the US race on Sunday.

Kipchoge, a two-time Olympic medalist in the 5000m, stormed away from the rest of the field to win in a time of two hours, four minutes and 11 seconds.

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Among those dropped by the 29-year-old was Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele. Olympic champion on three occasions, the 32-year-old is considered by many to be one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time.

Competing in just his second marathon, however, the 32-year-old was unable to live with the pace set by the leading pack and was dropped by a three-man lead group at the 20-mile mark. Bekele still held on for fourth in a time of 2:05:51.


It was Kipchoge who was left to celebrate what is probably the biggest road-race win of his career, though. The time was six seconds off his personal best, but was still enough to take the Chicago title.

In the women's race, fellow Kenyan Rita Jeptoo retained the crown she won in 2013 with a time of 2:24:35.


The 33-year-old has now won four-straight marathons, with the latest guaranteeing her the World Marathon Majors series championship for 2014.

Following Jeptoo home in second was Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba in a time of 2:25:37, with Florence Kiplagat third in 2:25:57.

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