2009 Bank of America Chicago, Update 3, by Larry Eder

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Wanjiru makes a break, photo by PhotoRun.net.

And then, there were three....Sammy Wanjiru, Vincent Kipruto, and Charles Munyeki. Men hit 30k in 1:28:05, and they are off WR pace, about 2:05 now.

On the women's side, Deena Kastor missed her drink, went back to get, and calmly moved back into the pack. Missed drink at 25k, and now is back. Mikitenko, Grigoryeva, all in the pack. I am watching Liliya Shobukova...

At 1:42:00 into the race, Wanjiru made a small surge, about one minute later, he started to push and the real estate began to open between Kipruto, Munyeki and the leading Wanjiru.

For update: Women hit 14 in 1:19:58, fifteen in 1:25:34, and sixteen miles in 1:31:08. Women hit seventeen at 1:36:36, and 18 miles in 1:42:14.

Men are at seventeen miles in 1:20:41, eighteen miles in 1:25:34, 30 kilometers hit in 1:28:44, and 19 miles in 1:30:30. Twenty miles was hit in 1;35:43, twenty one in 1:40:20. Twenty-two miles hit in 1:45.02, and 35 km hit in 1:43:59.

Abderrahim Goumri is moving up, and should be challenging for third place in the next few minutes....Sammy Wanjiru is on course record pace.

Mikitenko is running this race on her mother's birthday....

Sammy Wanjiru continues to fly, hitting twenty-three in 1:49:51, twenty-four miles in 1:54:51. Sammy Wanjiru could break the course record by about twenty seconds. Goumri is challenging, once again, for second place!

In mile twenty-one, the women hit 1:58:35. Two hours, two minutes into the women's race and there are five women: Erkesso, Mikitenko, Adere, Shobukova, with Deena back about fifty meters. 22 miles in two hours, four minutes! Deena nineteen seconds at 35km!

Sammy Wanjiru, waving to the crowds, just about misses the new course record, running 2:05:41, Abderrahim Goumri, took second, 2:06:04, and Vincent Kipruto was third, 2:06:08! More to come!


For more on the race, please click on http://www.chicagomarathon.com

For more on the sport, please click on http://www.runningnetwork.com

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