Sammy Wanjiru and Liliya Shobukhova win
“I was really happy to see I was the winner,” Wanjiru said, “It was a bit unbelievable to take by one second the record,” he added with a laugh.
But that second meant the 22-year-old runner collects a $100,000 bonus to go with his $75,000 first prize.
Liliya Shobukhova of Russia took the female victory on a cold and windy day in a winning time of 2:25:56.
“Despite the fact that it’s cold most of the time in Russia, it’s still too cold for the marathon,” she said through a translator.
American runner Deena Kastor, in her first marathon back since breaking her foot at the 2008 Olympics, came in sixth in a time of 2:28:50.
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An estimated 45,000 runners took on the Windy cities annual marathon.