• Mosop Leads A Kenyan Sweep At Chicago Marathon in record time

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Oct 09, 2011-

Moses Mosop led a Kenyan 1-2-3 sweep of the 2011 Bank of America Chicago marathon in a course record of two hours, five minutes and 37 seconds.

This was better than the 2:05.41 set by the late Sammy Wanjiru in 2009. Wesley Korir was second in 2:06:16 and Bernard Kipyego third in 2:06:29.

For a runner who was racing in only his second marathon and operating at 80 percent because of an Achilles tendon injury, Mosop only raised the bar and it could only be a matter of time before he goes for the world record.

This was his first attempt at the Chicago marathon. Mosop made his marathon debut in Boston in April finishing second in 2:03.06.

The leading men went through 5 kilometers in 14 minutes, 53 seconds, about six seconds per mile slower than Wanjiru's pace in his course record run.

It was Wesley Korir who sparked off the surge at the 30km point when he upped the pace to the front. Mosop who had looked comfortable at the back of the leading five responded rattling 4:40, 4:37, 4:38, 4:40 and 4:39 before slowing in the final 5kms but hanging on for the record.

He has a rich pay day of $100,000(Ksh.10 000 000) and a bonus $50,000(5 000 000) for breaking the course record.

Whenever the late Samuel Wanjiru made reference of an athlete who was likely to break the world record, he spoke about Moses Mosop!

You can see why because after only his second marathon, the man nicknamed engine kubwa(big engine) is living up to the aspirations.

After crossing the line in very good weather conditions, Mosop was grateful to the people of Chicago for an arousing welcome. “I am happy for a job well done.

It was a little hard at 25 and 35 km because of a nagging Achilles tendon injury. I was not at my best and only operated at 80 percent.I trained for only two months.I was not able to chase the world record but knew it was possible to better the course record. Honestly I was not very well prepared for this race,” said Mosop.

Russian Liliya Shobukhova won the women’s race.

 

 Eric Odanga 

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