CHICAGO -- Evans Rutto of Kenya won his second straight Chicago Marathon on Sunday, finishing in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 16 seconds, and making him
3-for-3 at the 26.2-mile distance.
Constantina Tomescu-Dita of Romania won the women's race despite spending the last few days in bed with the flu. She blew away the rest of the field
in a personal-best 2:23:44, finishing almost a minute ahead.
Rutto set a world debut record last year in Chicago, winning in 2:05:50. He ran the London Marathon in April, finishing first in 2:06:18 despite
crashing into a barrier on a cold, windy and rainy day.
Rutto didn't have any problems Sunday. He and six other runners were bunched behind a pacer through 19 miles. But as soon as the pacer dropped off,
Rutto made his move.
Running in the middle of the street and on the left of fellow Kenyan Robert Cheruiyot, Rutto broke sharply to his right. He crossed in front of
Cheruiyot and ran to the edge of the street, where he put on a burst of speed.
Within a minute, he'd opened a big gap on Cheruiyot, running almost a block ahead of him. By mile 20, Rutto had a 23-second lead and there wasn't
anyone in sight behind him.
He ran so easily and smoothly it appeared as if he were out for a Sunday jog. By mile 25, he led by more than a minute.
Though Rutto looked as if he might flirt with Paul Tergat's world record of 2:04:55 -- set last year in Berlin -- after he made his move, he tired
over the last few miles. Running into a stiff headwind, his pace dropped from 4:38 in mile 19 to 5:10 in mile 25.
As Rutto approached the finish, he raised his arms and pumped his fists, a broad smile crossing his face. His finish was the world's second-fastest in
the marathon this year, two seconds behind Felix Limo at the Rotterdam Marathon.