Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto has won the Chicago Marathon in a course record of two hours and three minutes, out-duelling compatriot Emmanuel Mutai in the final kilometre.


The two were neck-and-neck for much of the race before Kimetto pulled away in the closing stages to win the first major US marathon since the bombings at the Boston Marathon in April killed three people.

Kimetto’s 2:03:45 beat the course record of 2:04:38 set by Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede last year and added the Chicago title to the Tokyo Marathon crown he won in February.

It marked the third straight year a course record was set in Chicago.

Kenyan Moses Mosop had clocked a record of 2:05:37 in 2011, but settled for eighth place on Sunday.

Mutai was second in 2:03:52 and two more Kenyans, Sammy Kitwara and Micah Kogo rounded out the top four, with American Dathan Ritzenhein fifth.

Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo won the women’s race in an official time of 2:19:57, erasing the memory of her one-second loss to Ethiopian Atsede Baysa here last year.

She was comfortably in front of compatriot Jemima Sumgong Jelegat, who finished in 2:20:48. Russian Maria Konovalova was third, ahead of Aliaksandra Duliba of Belarus and Baysa.

Jeptoo claimed her second major US title of 2013. She had already won in Boston when two bombs went off near the finish line, killing three and injuring some 200 people.

One suspect in the attack, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with police, while his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges, 17 of which are punishable by death.