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Reuben Kipyego and Ruth Chepngetich target Chicago Marathon crowns

Kenya’s Reuben Kipyego and Ruth Chepngetich head the fields for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday (10), with Sara Hall and Galen Rupp leading US hopes at the World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race.

After action in Berlin and London in recent weeks, Chicago is the next race in a busy period of major marathons and the Boston event follows just one day later. The weather in Chicago looks set to be warm, with temperatures of around 21°C expected for the start of the elite races at 7:30am local time.

The last edition of the Chicago Marathon in 2019 saw a world record fall as Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei clocked 2:14:04 to take 81 seconds from Paula Radcliffe’s 2003 mark. This time her compatriots Chepngetich, who won the 2019 world title, and Vivian Kiplagat are among the athletes in the spotlight.

Chepngetich sits fourth on the women’s marathon all-time list thanks to the 2:17:08 PB she set when winning in Dubai in 2019 and she ran a world half marathon record in Istanbul in April with 1:04:02. The 27-year-old was unable to finish the Olympic marathon in Tokyo but is looking forward to her US debut race in Chicago.

“I have never raced in the States and making my debut in such a great race like the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is more than a dream to me,” she said. “I will give all myself trying to run as fast as possible.”

Hall will be among those looking to challenge her. The US athlete beat Chepngetich at last year’s London Marathon, as the pair finished second and third respectively behind Kosgei, and Hall went on to run a PB of 2:20:32 in Arizona a couple of months later. Now she has her eye on Deena Kastor’s 2:19:36 US record, should the conditions allow.

“When I thought about where I wanted to chase the American record, I thought it would be more exciting to do it at home, in the US, and Chicago is such an epic race,” she said.

The other sub-2:25 women in the field are Kiplagat, the USA’s Keira D’Amato and Ethiopia’s Meseret Belete. Kiplagat, who ran her marathon PB of 2:21:11 in 2019, clocked 2:39:18 in Eldoret in June but showed her current form with a personal best performance in the half marathon of 1:06:07 in Copenhagen last month. Like Hall, D’Amato also ran a PB in Arizona in December, clocking 2:22:56, while 22-year-old Belete – who was sixth at the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships and ran a world U20 best of 1:07:51 later that year – has a marathon PB of 2:24:54 set when finishing fourth in Houston last year.

Among those joining them on the start line will be the USA’s Emma Bates, Diane Nukuri and Lindsay Flanagan.

Kipyego ready to turn up the heat

Kipyego ready to turn up the heat With his PB of 2:03:55 set at the Milan Marathon in May, Kipyego goes into the Chicago race as the second fastest man in 2021. The 25-year-old made his marathon debut in Buenos Aires in 2019, clocking 2:05:18, and later that year he improved to 2:04:40 to win in Abu Dhabi, despite having started the race as a pacemaker. He also seems unfazed by the warmer than expected temperatures, simply replying: ‘No problem’ at the pre-race press conference when asked about the weather.

Ethiopia’s Seifu Tura, meanwhile, explained how he is not as comfortable in the heat but he will go into the race looking to build on the 2:04:29 PB he set when finishing fourth in that same Milan Marathon in May. He also has experience of the Chicago event, having finished sixth in 2019 in 2:08:35.

Rupp leads US hopes as the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist returns to action after his eighth place in the Tokyo Olympic marathon nine weeks ago and third-place finish in the Great North Run half marathon in 1:01:52 last month. Eighth fastest among the entries, his PB of 2:06:07 was set in Prague in 2018 but he will be looking to regain the crown he claimed in 2017.

Kenya’s Dickson Chumba is also a former Chicago winner, having triumphed in 2015, and he set his PB of 2:04:32 in the same city the year before that. The fourth sub-2:05 runner in the field is Kengo Suzuki, who broke the Japanese record with his 2:04:56 to win the Lake Biwa Marathon in February.

Kenya’s Eric Kiptanui is also one to watch. Having helped to pace world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge in the past, the 58:42 half marathon runner made his own marathon debut last year and improved to 2:05:47 to win in Siena in April. “I was so happy to run 2:06 for my first marathon,” he told NN Running Team. “What it proved to me was, yes, I was in good shape but that I had the mentality to perform over the marathon distance.” Looking ahead to Chicago, he added: “I aim to run 2:03/2:04 but my first priority is to win the race.”

Ethiopia’s Chalu Deso and Shifera Tamru have respective bests of 2:04:53 and 2:05:18, while Ian Butler, who is coached by former world record-holder Steve Jones and balances his running with his job as a teacher, is the second-fastest US runner in the field with a PB of 2:09:45 set in Arizona last year.

Tuliamuk wins USATF Half Marathon Championships

It didn’t take long for Aliphine Tuliamuk to re-establish her dominance on the USATF Running Circuit Sunday morning in Pittsburgh at the USATF Half Marathon Championships, while Chris Derrick claimed another national title with an impressive final surge late in the race.

The USATF Half Marathon Championships, hosted by the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, are the fourth stop on the 2017 USATF Running Circuit.

Parker Stinson took to the lead in the early stages of the men’s race on a cool and overcast morning in downtown Pittsburgh. Followed closely by a large pack, including USATF Running Circuit overall leader Leonard Korir and three-time cross country champion Chris Derrick, Stinson set a brisk pace that thinned out the field early on.

Through the halfway point, Stinson continued to lead with Derrick, Korir, ZAP Fitness’ Andrew Colley, Sid Vaughn Jr. and Samuel Kosgei on his shoulder. That same pack of six ran together until mile 11, when Stinson, Derrick and Korir started to pull ahead.

With one mile to go, Derrick charged to the lead and started to grind down Stinson and Korir. As Korir fell off pace, Colley started to a push back into the top three. Derrick and Stinson would run well ahead of the field, while Colley moved into sole third place.

Derrick’s decisive move in the final mile proved enough, as he held off a furious final charge by Stinson, winning 1:02:37-1:02:38, both fantastic performances given the challenging layout in Pittsburgh.

Colley, who continued his charge back from a frustrating number of months dealing with injury, ran to a third place finish in 1:02:40, while U.S. Army runners Kosgei and Korir took home fourth and fifth place finishes in 1:03:13 and 1:03:24.

Korir’s fifth place effort earned him another six points, giving him a whopping 51 points in the current USATF Running Circuit standings, well ahead of second place Martin Hehir and his 24 points.

Nearly catching Korir in the final portion of the race, Matt Llano took home sixth place overall in 1:03:29. Just behind Atlanta Track Club’s Wilkerson Given earned seventh in 1:03:45, well ahead of Vaughn Jr., who ran with the lead pack much of the race before sliding to eighth in 1:04:27. George Alex and Johnny Crain finished ninth and tenth in 1:04:29 and 1:04:55, respectively.

While the men’s race offered a dramatic finish, Tuliamuk, in her trademark style, shot to the lead of the women’s race in the first mile Sunday morning and never looked back. Winning her eighth national title, Tuliamuk ran to a large lead by mile two, grew that lead over the next six miles and then held off a late charge to take home the victory.

The two-time defending USATF Running Circuit overall champion owned a 40-meter lead passing mile two, and seemed to add another 10-20 meters to her lead until she passed halfway nearly 100 meters ahead of then second and third place runners Sara Hall and Gwen Jorgensen.

Trailed closely by Rochelle Kanuho, Hall and Jorgensen challenged each other early on, packing together but keeping a close eye on the other and any dramatic moves they might make.

At the halfway point in the race, Hall surged ahead, working to catch Tuliamuk. While Jorgensen couldn’t cover the move, it gave Kanuho an opportunity to move up and run with Jorgensen for a bit.

Kanuho would eventually make her own move and run up to Hall, as the duo continued to push to catch Tuliamuk, but with little success.

Into the final mile, it was clear Tuliamuk would lay claim to another USATF Running Circuit title, while Hall put space on Kanuho and made one final push to the finish.

As Tuliamuk crossed the finish, her effort was met by an enthusiastic Pittsburgh crowd, cheering the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite runner across the finish in 1:10:04.

Unbeknownst to Tuliamuk, Hall made a late charge over the final mile, rapidly closing the large lead. Hall charged home, coming up just short of surprising Tuliamuk, finishing three seconds off in a runner-up time of 1:10:07.

After Hall made her late charge, Kanuho hung on to third place in 1:10:49, fending off Jorgensen in the final mile to earn a big ten points towards her USATF Running Circuit standings. Kanuho’s effort moved her up into fourth place overall with 19 points, 3.5 points behind Emily Infeld and Molly Huddle, but still well off Molly Seidel’s circuit lead of 33 points.

Jorgensen, making her debut in the half marathon distance, ran a strong race throughout, taking home fourth in 1:10:58, while fellow Portland-based runner Carrie Dimoff continued her impressive 2018 campaign by taking fifth in 1:11:51.

In sixth place, Samantha Bluske held off a strong challenge from Roberta Groner, finishing in 1:12:32, while Groner took home seventh in 1:12:35. Elaina Tabb also went sub-73 with her eighth place finish on 1:12:57, while Lindsay Flanagan ran 1:14:15 for ninth and Bethany Sacthleben placed tenth in 1:14:33.

The fifth stop on the USATF Running Circuit takes place next Saturday, May 12, as the USATF 25 km Championships take place at the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Source: usatf.org