Wanjiru wins Chicago Marathon in fastest ever time on US soil

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Kenya's Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru won the Chicago Marathon yesterday, toppling the course record to set the fastest mark ever on US soil.

The 22-year-old Wanjiru, who also won the London Marathon in April, completed Chicago's flat course on a chilly day under cloudy skies in 2 hours 5 minutes and 41 seconds.

Wanjiru trimmed one second off the mark set by Khalid Khannouchi in 1999. Second place went to Morocco's Abderrahim Goumri in 2:06:04 with Vincent Kipruto of Kenya in third in 2:06:08, while the women's race was won easily by Liliya Shobukhova of Russia in 2:25:55.

Meanwhile, Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese won the world half-marathon title for the fourth year in a row yesterday when he overcame wet, windy conditions in Birmingham in a championship record 59min 35sec. In the women's event, Kenya's Mary Keitany won in 1:06:36.