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Galen Rupp is first American to win Chicago Marathon in 15 years

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Three-time Olympian Galen Rupp was the victor, in 2:09:20.

Rupp, whose father is from Maywood, pulled away from a pack that included defending champion Abel Kirui in the 23d mile.

The women's race was won by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba in 2:18:31. Joan Benoit Samuelson held the previous fastest American woman in Chicago (2:21:21) from October 20, 1985 until Sunday. His win on Sunday is the first by an American man at the World Marathon Majors since Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon.

But ultimately she came up slightly short of the course record.

Meanwhile, the women were on course-record pace through 10K, clocking 32:28, including Dibaba, Hasay and Florence Kiplagat, the two-time defending champion.

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The Ethiopian had set her sights on the course record of 2:17:18 and although that proved to be beyond her, Dibaba eased to victory nearly two minutes ahead of Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, while home favourite Jordan Hasay was third. Stanley Biwott, a 2:03:51 marathoner and victor of New York City in 2015, dropped out shortly after.

The lead pack slowly dwindled over the next 10km, leaving only Rupp, Kirui and Ethiopia's Sisay Lemma after 22 miles.

Rupp, a bronze medallist over this distance at Rio 2016, marked the 40th anniversary of the event with a long-awaited home success in the men's race.

As Dibaba had more than a minute lead at the 40K mark, she was never in danger of finishing outside of the winner's circle. He cracked a smile before crossing the finish line in 2 hours 9 minutes and 20 seconds. Another Kenyan, Bernard Kipyego, was third in 2:10:23. Sunday marked his fourth career marathon.

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