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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Kebede smashes record to win Chicago Marathon | Other Sports | Sports | Owen Sound Sun Times


Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede slashed almost a minute off the course record to win the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, leading an African sweep in the 35th running of the race.

Kebede stormed to victory in an unofficial time of two hours 04.38 seconds to shatterthe previous record of 2:05.39 set by Kenya's Moses Mosop last year.

The first three men across the line all went under the old mark and all were from Ethiopia, ending Kenya's run of nine consecutive winners in the Windy City. Feyisa Lilesa was second in 2:04.52 while Tilahun Regassa was third in 2:05.27.

Atsede Baysa completed an Ethiopian double by winning the women's race in a thrilling sprint finish with Kenya's Rita Jeptoo.

Baysa crossed the line just inches ahead of Jeptoo with winning in an official time of 2:22.03, one second ahead of Jeptoo.

Kenya's Lucy Kabuu was third while Russia's Liliya Shobukhova was fourth after bidding for an unprecedented fourth straight victory in the race, one of the five World Marathon Majors.

The cool conditions were perfect for fast running as the elite runners led the massive field of around 45,000 entrants along the Chicago lakefront and through the city's neighbourhoods.

Kebede won the London Marathon two years ago and almost won Chicago as well but was run down in the last 400m by the late Samuel Wanjiru.

"I don't believe it," Kebede said in a televised interview. "This has been my goal, 2:04, so I just pushed and pushed and pushed." (Reporting by Julian Linden in New York; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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(L-R) Tsegaye Kebede, Matthew Kisorio, Geoffrey Mutai, Emmanual Matai, Gebre Gerbremariam, and Jaouad Gharib compete in the 2011 New York City Marathon in this November 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
(L-R) Tsegaye Kebede, Matthew Kisorio, Geoffrey Mutai, Emmanual Matai, Gebre Gerbremariam, and Jaouad Gharib compete in the 2011 New York City Marathon in this November 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede slashed almost a minute off the course record to win the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, leading an African sweep in the 35th running of the race.
Kebede stormed to victory in an unofficial time of two hours 04.38 seconds toshatter the previous record of 2:05.39 set by Kenya’s Moses Mosop last year.
The first three men across the line all went under the old mark and all were from Ethiopia, ending Kenya’s run of nine consecutive winners in the Windy City. Feyisa Lilesa was second in 2:04.52 while Tilahun Regassa was third in 2:05.27.
Atsede Baysa completed an Ethiopian double by winning the women’s race in a thrilling sprint finish with Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo.
Baysa crossed the line just inches ahead of Jeptoo with winning in an official time of 2:22.03, one second ahead of Jeptoo.
Kenya’s Lucy Kabuu was third while Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova was fourth after bidding for an unprecedented fourth straight victory in the race, one of the five World Marathon Majors.
The cool conditions were perfect for fast running as the elite runners led the massive field of around 45,000 entrants along the Chicago lakefront and through the city’s neighbourhoods.
Kebede won the London Marathon two years ago and almost won Chicago as well but was run down in the last 400m by the late Samuel Wanjiru.
“I don’t believe it,” Kebede said in a televised interview. “This has been my goal, 2:04, so I just pushed and pushed and pushed.”

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Prof. Muse Tegegne has lectured sociology Change &  Liberation  in Europe, Africa and Americas. He has obtained  Doctorat es Science from the University of Geneva.   A PhD in Developmental Studies & ND in Natural Therapies.  He wrote on the  problematic of  the Horn of  Africa extensively. He Speaks Amharic, Tigergna, Hebrew, English, French. He has a good comprehension of Arabic, Spanish and Italian.