Galen Rupp wins the Chicago Marathon. Jordan Hasay sets women's record

Florence Kiplagat will return as defending women's champion

As he came down the home straight Rupp looked strong and composed to clinch the win in 2:09:20, taking over 38 seconds off his personal best.

Galen Rupp celebrates after winning the men's race at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8, 2017 in Chicago. Joan Benoit Samuelson held the previous fastest American woman in Chicago (2:21:21) from October 20, 1985 until Sunday.

The last American to win the men's race was Khalid Khannouchi in 2002.The women's race was won by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba in 2 hours 18 minutes and 31 seconds.

As the race progressed in the second half the field began to diminish including world record holder Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Bett stepping off the course.

Through 5K in the men's race, there were 26 runners in a lead pack, headed by American Aaron Braun, with all the favourites content on the slow pace, which continued through 10K, projected for a 2:12:30 finish.

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Kenya's defending champion Florence Kiplagat pulled out soon after halfway after losing contact with the leaders.

Another Kenyan in Bernard Kipyego crossed third in 2:10.23.

In 2016, he came in 3rd out of 1,158 finishers at the Fitzgerald's Lager Run, a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) race in Glen Ridge, with a time of 16:34. Chicago was Rupp's fourth marathon and he has never finished worse than third in a 42.2K with a victory at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, a second-place finish at the 2017 Boston Marathon and bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics.

The time made her the second-fastest American marathoner in history behind only Deena Kastor, who clocked 2:19.36 in 2006. Kenya's Brigid Kosgei was second, and American Jordan Hasay third.

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