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Abel Kirui emerges champion at Chicago Marathon

By Editor   |   10 October 2016   |   1:19 am
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 09: Abel Kirui of Kenya reacts after winning the men's race at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP TASOS KATOPODIS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 09: Abel Kirui of Kenya reacts after winning the men’s race at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP<br />TASOS KATOPODIS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Two-time world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Abel Kirui won the Chicago Marathon yesterday in 2hrs 11min 23sec as Kenyans swept the men’s and women’s races.

Kirui, 34, edged 2015 winner Dickson Chumba, who was second in 2:11:26, with Gideon Kipketer third in 2:12:20.

While Chumba was unable to repeat his 2015 triumph, Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat won her second straight Chicago crown, powering to a dominant victory in 2:21:32, almost two seconds ahead of runner-up Edna Kiplagat (2:23:28).

Valentine Kipketer completed the Kenyan women’s sweep, finishing third in 2:23:41.

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