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Moses Mosop Breaks Course Record at 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Shobukhova Runs 2:18:20

By LetsRun.com
October 9, 2011

Moses Mosop ran away from the field after the 30km mark and delivered on his pre-race promise to break the Bank of America Chicago Marathon course record by winning in 2:05:37. Flash recap and analysis below. Full recap coming.

Running in temperatures in the sixties with low humidity, a pack of 12 went through half-way in 1:02:54, putting Sammy Wanjiru's course record of 2:05:41 in their cross hairs.

A 4:36 14th mile quickly separated the pretenders from the contenders.

Unfortunately for American distance running fans, the pretenders included US hopeful Ryan Hall who fell back off the faster pace in the fourteenth mile. Up front in addition to two rabbits, you had pre-race favorite Mosop, previous Chicago Champ Evans Cheruiyot, sub 13:00 5000m runner Bekana Daba, LA marathon champ and former Louisville star Wesley Korir, and Bernard Kipyego.

At 30km, the last rabbit dropped out. Despite that 5km split being 14:32 (4:40 pace) Korir then surged to the front. He opened up a gap on the entire field as the pack broke apart. Moses Mosop stayed closest, but Korir was clear of the field.

Before you could contemplate whether Korir could run away from the field with nearly 8 miles of racing left, Mosop fairly quickly closed the gap and in the span of roughly half a mile everything had reversed. Mosop was in front and Korir was behind him.

Moses kept charging and Korir fell back. The 5km from 30k to 35km was the fastest of the race (14:30) as Mosop opened up a 26 second gap on Korir. Although the fast pace from 20km to 35km (they ran this 15k in 43:41 (2:02:52 marathon pace), when Moses broke the 30,000m world track record he ran his first 15km in 43:56)  would take its toll on everyone including Moses the final 7km, this one was never in doubt the rest of the way, as Moses would hold on to get the win and course record in 2:05:37.

Men's Splits and Results (More here)

Distance

5km

10km

15km

20km

Halfway

25km

30km

35km

40km

Finish

5km Split

14:54

14:47

14:59

14:55

-

14:39

14:32

14:30

15:13

 

Total Time

14:54

29:41

44:40

59:35

1:02:54

1:14:14

1:28:46

1:43:16

1:58:33

2:05:37

1

Mosop, Moses (KEN)

26

04:48

-

02:05:37

2

Korir, Wesley (KEN)

28

04:49

-

02:06:15

3

Kipyego, Bernard (KEN)

25

04:50

-

02:06:29

4

Daba, Bekana (ETH)

23

04:53

-

02:07:59

5

Hall, Ryan (USA)

28

04:53

-

02:08:04

6

Cheruiyot, Evans (KEN)

29

04:59

-

02:10:29

7

Gokaya, Kouji (JPN)

23

05:03

-

02:12:15

8

Arai, Hironori (JPN)

32

05:05

-

02:13:17

9

Horiguchi, Takashi (JPN)

32

05:09

-

02:14:48

10

Shimoju, Masaki (JPN)

27

05:16

-

02:17:49

11

Lizano, Cesar (CRI)

Aserri

29

05:16

-

02:17:50

12

McKeeman, Michael (USA)

Ardmore

35

05:16

-

02:18:07

13

Christiansen, Jed (USA)

Greenville

24

05:17

-

02:18:31

14

Chirlee, Joseph (USA)

Colorado Springs

31

05:18

-

02:18:36

15

MacDowell, Adam (USA)

Saint Louis

32

05:18

-

02:18:47

16

Levassiur, Matt (USA)

Alamosa

30

05:18

-

02:18:58

17

Meyer, Lucas (USA)

Ridgefield

28

05:19

-

02:19:03

18

Frazer, Thomas (USA)

Indianaoplis

30

05:20

-

02:19:42

19

Randall, Glenn (USA)

Mesa

25

05:22

-

02:20:40

20

Loeffler, Eric (USA)

Fargo

34

05:23

-

02:20:56

 

Shobuhova Impresses
The women's race was the Liliya Shobukhova show as expected. Shobukhova however was not content to just win, she also went under 2:20 for the first time (2:18:20) and picked up the World Marathon Major prize ($500,000) in grand fashion.

Ejegayehu Dibaba (marathon debut) and Kayako Fukushi (Japanese #2 at 10,000m) made things interesting the first half as they stuck with  Shobukhova in 1:09:25. Fukushi was the first to drop after halfway and Dibaba did not make it much farther as by the 1:20 mark Shobukhova was in front.

 Shobukhova would run a negative split to get the impressive win. Dibaba held on for 2nd and Fukushi got 3rd.

More from Chicago coming. Results below. (More here)

Place

Name (CTZ)

City, State

Age

Overall Pace

Time

1

Shobukhova, Liliya (RUS)

33

05:17

02:18:20

2

Dibaba, Ejegayehu (ETH)

29

05:26

02:22:09

3

Fukushi, Kayoko (JPN)

29

05:31

02:24:38

4

Gebre, Belainesh Zemedkun (ETH)

23

05:35

02:26:17

5

Daunay, Christelle (FRA)

37

05:36

02:26:41

6

Hallissey, Claire (GBR)

Arlington

28

05:42

02:29:27

7

Chao, Yue (CHN)

20

05:50

02:32:57

8

Tafa, Askale (ETH)

27

05:52

02:33:35

9

Nonata da Silva, Cruz (BRA)

37

05:56

02:35:35

10

Faber, Jeannette (USA)

Portland

29

06:00

02:36:58

11

Peralta, Maria De Los Angeles (ARG)

Mar Del Plata

33

06:04

02:38:51

12

Ardrey, Deanna (USA)

Boulder

28

06:14

02:43:12

13

Farley, Laura (USA)

Indianapolis

27

06:15

02:43:40

14

Marchant, Lanni (CAN)

Chattanooga

27

06:16

02:44:09

15

Janosikova, Katarina (SVK)

Astoria

31

06:16

02:44:19

16

Biss, Sarah (NZL)

Rotorua

34

06:17

02:44:32

17

Rzepecki, Jacklyn (USA)

Lake Orion

32

06:18

02:44:49

18

Thomas, Lisa (USA)

Alexandria

35

06:18

02:45:02

19

Blake, Alexandra (USA)

Tucson

28

06:19

02:45:26

20

Cueno, Nicole (USA)

Minneapolis

31

06:19

02:45:31

 

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