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