Quote Of The Day

"London in 2012. She will be the winner."

 - Agent Andrey Baranov talking about 2009 Chicago Marathon champion Liliya Shobukhova. In our Week That Was Stat of the Week, a LetsRun.com reader from Sweden informed us that Shobukhova finished the last 2.2km (from 40km to the finish line) in 6:36. That's 3:00 per km or 4:48 per 1,600m. She finished faster than all the elite men, including Sammy Wanjiru

Further Recaps Of Chicago With Athlete Quotes

US Women's 10k Road Champs *Results

Molly Huddle Repeats at Tufts 10k for Women $11,050 payday for Huddle

Other Road Racing Results Of Note

Name: Sammy Wanjiru, 22
Profession: Marathoner, 2007-present
Fukuoka: CR 2:06:39
Olympic Games: OR 2:06:32
London: CR 2:05:10
Chicago '09: CR 2:05:41!

*Wanjiru Sets US Soil Marathon Record By 1 Second In Chilly Chi-Town Phil Hersh writes for the Chicago Tribune.
*LRC PhotoRun's Race Photos
*Science Of Sport Got Almost Every Km Split
*Chicago Results - 9 US Men, Led By Sergio Reyes, Break 2:20 Both Shackleton brothers not only broke 2:20, but they got Olympic Trials qualifiers, running three seconds apart in 2:17:5x! Early leaders like Tadese Tola and Ben Maiyo absolutely blew up (first half in 62, second half in 73).
*Chicago Marathon Highlight Video
*Announcers Said Deena DNFed But Really She Was Battling Bathroom Problems Deena Kastor had another rough day, while World #1 Irina Mikitenko couldn't put Russia's Liliya Shobukhova away early in the race like she did in London.
MBoard Thread: Is Kastor all hot air? Kastor is anything but hot air, but her last several marathons have not gone well.

Sammy Wanjiru threw down after 21 miles to drop
Charles Munyeki and Vincent Kipruto to win and break Khalid Khannouchi's course record by 1 second. The early pace was ridiculously fast and Abderrahim Goumri was smart, laying back and charging late to get 2nd place AGAIN!

On the women's side,
Liliya Shobukhova followed her 3rd in London this year with her first big marathon win ahead of aging stars Irina Mikitenko (2nd) and Deena Kastor (DNF) 6th (the announcers said she DNFed but really she made a pit stop at a toilet). We got an email saying Shobukhova closed the last 2.2k faster than Wanjiru and Goumri ... more on that coming in the Week That Was.

Various Other News And Results

Chicago '09: Men Out Fast, Women Out Slow - 6 Men 18:41 through 4 miles (4:40 per mile!) *Official Chicago Marathon Thread *Science Of Sport Live Splits