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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Obligatory Chicago Marathon Post

Winners were Robert Cheruyiot (2:07:35) and Berhane Adere (2:20:42), sending both to the top of the World Marathon Majors standings. It appears it may actually make Sportscenter, if only for the nasty slip-n-fall by Cheruyiot as he crossed the finish line.

Cheruyiot was the best of a large group that played the waiting game. Adere played it smart while Romania’s Constantina Tomescu-Dita took it out hard and died--a tactic that's blown up in her face multiple times in the past. Apparently, Cheruyiot could have used her thick skull if only at the finish line.

Cheruyiot cannot be equaled in the points standing until next spring, as he's gone two-for-two while the only other race winners, Felix Limo and Haile Gebrselassie, are done for the fall. He's put himself in a very good position.

For the women, Adere is first mostly because only one other woman has scored in two races as of yet. The real fireworks will come on the streets of New York on November 5, as Rita Jeptoo (Boston champ), Deena Kastor (London champ) Jelena Prokopcuka (Boston runner-up), and Susan Chepkemei (London 3rd place) face off.

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