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Ethiopians rule at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

History was made today - at least in the field of major marathons. Runners from Ethiopia claimed victories in both the men's and women's races at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. In the men's open, Tsegaye Kebede won the race with a course record time of 2:04:38, besting the previous record by almost a minute. In the women's open, Atsede Baysa, edged out Rita Jeptoo of Kenya by thinnest of margins - 1 sec - to claim victory with a time of 2:22:03.

Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia breaking the tape finishing at a course record time.
Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia breaking the tape finishing at a course record time.
© Ken Ilio 2012
The first wave of the Chicago Marathon on State Street about thirty minutes after the start
The first wave of the Chicago Marathon on State Street about thirty minutes after the start
© Ken Ilio

In the men's race, two other Ethiopians, Fiyesa Lilesa (2:04:38) and Tilahun Regassa (2:05:27) finished second and third to complete an Ethiopian sweep of the first three places. In the women's race, another Kenyan, Lucy Kabuu placed third.

In the wheelchair race, Canada's Josh Cassidy garnered the top spot in the men's category while Tatyana MacFadden of Champain, Illinois defended her title.

An event record of 37,455 participants crossed the finish line and received finishing medals.

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