The 30th running of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon turned into a sprint as both the men's and women's winner won in a dramatic way on Sunday, Kenyan media reported on Monday.
According to the newspaper Daily Nation, Men's runner Patrick Ivuti from Kenya staged a see-saw duel with two-time world marathon champion Jaouad Gharib of Morocco by finding just enough to surge past Gharib at the tape in two hours 11 minutes and 11 seconds. They were given the same time but Ivuti won with a margin of five one hundreds of a second.
In the women's race, Berhane Adere of Ethiopia finished straight to blow past a shocked Adriana Pirtea of Romania in the final 50 meters to win by three seconds in 2:33:49, the newspaper said.
It added that both races turned into tactical battles that were not settled until the final meters.