CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, October 08 — At the Chicago Marathon today Kelvin Kiptum rushed, looking fresh as he finished to a World Record 2:00:35 win. The 23-year-old Kenyan racing just his third 26-miler said his only record thoughts concerned breaking Dennis Kimetto’s 2:03:45 course standard. Instead he clipped 34 seconds from Eliud Kipchoge’s 2:01:09 WR set at Berlin in ’22 and won by over 3 minutes.
Sifan Hassan’s victory in the women’s race was nearly as spectacular. Just six weeks after contesting the 1500, 5000 and 10,000 at the World Championships in Budapest, the Netherlands star dropped 2-time defending Chicago champ Ruth Chepngetich and won in 2:13:44. Her mark is history’s second-fastest, inferior only to Tigst Assefa’s 2:11:53 WR set at Berlin 3 weeks ago.
Full reports on both races from Sean Hartnett to follow.