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Russia's Liliya Shobukhova Wins Chicago Marathon for Third Time

10. October 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova made history Sunday after becoming the first runner to win the Chicago Marathon three years in a row. 


"I'm overwhelmed right now," Shobukhova told The Associated Press. "You're happy. You're excited. You're shocked."


The 33-year-old runner finished the 42-kilometer course with a time of 2:18:20, nearly four minutes ahead of her nearest competitor, Ethiopia's Ejegayehu Dibaba.


Shobukhova’s time set a new Russian record and made her the second fastest women’s marathoner of all time, second only to Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain. In addition, Liliya’s impressive performance virtually guarantees her a spot on Russia’s 2012 Olympic marathon team. Shobukhova represented Russia in the 2004 Olympics Games.


Liliya earned $100,000 for winning the Chicago Marathon and a bonus $40,000 for finishing under two hours and 20 minutes.


Kenya’s Moses Mosop claimed the men’s title, setting a course record of 2:05:37. 

 

Source: Washington Post/Associated Press, Photo: ChicagoMarathon.com