With strong late race surges, Kenyan Evans Rutto and Svetlana Zakharova of
Russia burst to convincing wins in the 26th LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon on
Sunday (12 October).
In his stunning first appearance over the distance, the 25 year-old Rutto
broke from a seven-man pack in the 19th mile to win in 2:05:50, placing himself
firmly among the four fastest marathoners of all time, with the fastest-ever
His effort easily bettered Wilson Onsares debut record of 2:06:47 from
Aprils Paris Marathon, Haile Gebrselassies 2:06:35 unofficial debut in the 2002
London Marathon, and was just eight seconds shy of Khalid Khannouchis 1999
"It sounds very nice," said Rutto, who finished sixth at the 2001
World Half Marathon Championships, when told of his debut record. "I was
feeling very good, and I prepared specifically for this race for the past two
Ruttos decisive move, 4:44 and 4:34 surges in the 20th and 21st miles, built
an insurmountable 17-second gap after 35 k, ending what was until that point a
relatively tight race. He powered on to win by a whopping 1:17.