Galen Rupp leads Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2:09:20, photo courtesy of Bank of America
Rupp is ready
CHICAGO (USA): Galen Rupp has described his preparations ahead of the Chicago Marathon as “by far” his best, informs NBC Sports. After a DNF in Boston, Rupp bounced back with a 2:06:07 PB for victory in the Prague Marathon but he believes there is still room for improvement. “It wasn’t the most ideal circumstances. In that race it was more about winning and really surging in the second half. It wasn’t necessarily the best way to run a fast time, and I still ran pretty quick there. It left me thinking there’s a lot more room still where I have that I can improve,” he said. Rupp faces an excellent line-up including former training partner Mo Farah (2:06:21), world champion Geoffrey Kirui (2:06:27), former two-time world champion Abel Kirui (2:05:04), Boston Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi (2:08:14) and Ethiopians Mosinet Geremew (2:04:00) and Birhanu Legese (2:04:15). The women’s entry-list is headed by three sub-2:20 competitors: Ethiopians Roza Dereje (2:19:17) and Birhane Dibaba (2:19:51) and former winner Florence Kiplagat from Kenya (2:19:44).
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