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|Kenyan, Russian Win Chicago Marathon
|CHICAGO (AP) -- Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya and Liliya Shobukhova of Russia repeated as Chicago Marathon champions on a warm Sunday morning.
Wanjiru beat Tsegay Kebede of Ethiopa with a late sprint to finish in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 24 seconds and capture the $75,000 prize.
The win all but assured him of the World Marathon Majors series championship and the $500,000 prize that goes with it -- something Shobukhova locked up by clocking a personal-best 2:20:25.
Wanjiru came in tied with Kebede in the points standings, and the two ran neck-and-neck until they approached the finish at Grant Park. The 23-year-old Wanjiru was all alone in the final stretch and became the youngest runner to win four major marathons, with a first-place finish at London in 2009 and the 2008 Olympic gold medal to go with his wins in Chicago.
Kebede clocked in at 2:06:42 with countryman Feyisa Lilesa third at 2:08:10.
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