Dennis Kimetto Breaks Course Record In Chicago, Misses World Record by 22 Seconds

Chicago Marathon Record

Just two weeks after Wilson Kiprop broke the world record in Berlin with a spectacular time of 2:03:23, the immensely deep Chicago Marathon field led yet another attack on the world’s best mark.  While the Chicago Marathon is known as a very flat course by marathon standards, it had a (then) modest course record of 2:04:38.  But after a blazing first half-marathon split of 1:01:54, it was clear the record was going to go down if just 1 person in the pack of 12 could hold on.  We got even more than we could have hoped for as 2 runners, Emmanuel Mutai and Dennis Kimetto, managed to keep pushing the pace all the way to the finish.  In the end, Kimetto pulled away for a new lifetime-best, and course record in 2:03:45, making him one of the fastest marathon runners of all time.  Mutai had an impressive finish as well, managing to dip under 2:04 in 2:03:52.

While there were 12 at the halfway point in 1:01:54, all of them either dropped out or slowed down significantly.  The next three finishers were Sammy Kitwara of Kenya in 2:05:16, Micah Kogo of Kenya in 2:06:57, and american Dathan Ritzenhein in 2:09:57.

In the women’s race, Rita Jeptoo just dipped under 2:20 to finish in 2:19:59, becoming one of the fastest women in history, and the only one to break 2:20 this year.

 

Top 10 Men’s Results:

1 Kimetto, Dennis (KEN) 3 25-29 29 04:44 – +00:00 02:03:45
2 Mutai, Emannuel (KEN) 5 25-29 28 04:44 – +00:07 02:03:52
3 Kitwara, Sammy (KEN) 6 25-29 26 04:47 – +01:31 02:05:16
4 Kogo, Micah (KEN) 12 25-29 27 04:51 – +03:12 02:06:57
5 Ritzenhein, Dathan (USA) 9 30-34 30 04:57 – +06:02 02:09:47
6 Abshero, Ayele (ETH) 4 20-24 22 04:58 – +06:26 02:10:11
7 Sano, Hiroaki (JPN) 20 25-29 29 04:59 – +06:46 02:10:31
8 Mosop, Moses (KEN) 2 25-29 28 05:01 – +07:36 02:11:21
9 Oda, Yoshinori (JPN) 11 30-34 32 05:01 – +07:45 02:11:30
10 Tegenkamp, Matt (USA) 14 30-34 31 05:04 – +08:44 02:12:29