2009: Wanjiru Breaks Marathon Course Record

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    AP

    On a chilly but clear morning of near perfect running weather, reigning Olympic gold medalist Sammy Wanjiru broke the course record -- and set the fastest men's time ever on U.S. soil -- to take home first place in the 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, crossing the finish line with a time of 2:05:41.

    In the women's race, Liliya Shobukhova, 32, of Russia, won her first major title, crossing the finish line at 2:25:55.

    Wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley of Australia won his third straight Chicago title in 1:29:09, missing his own course record by 63 seconds.  For the women, Amanda McGrory broke the 17-year old wheelchair course record by nearly five minutes in a time of 1:39.56.

    Wanjiru Sets Chicago Course Record

    Wanjiru Sets Chicago Course Record
    Sammy Wanjiru sets a new course record of 2:04:40 (unofficial) at the 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

    Wanjiru, 22, of Kenya, takes home $75,000 for the win, and $100,000 for breaking the course record.

    The previous course record was 2:05:42, set by Khalid Khannouchi in 1999.

    Liliya Shobukhova Wins Women's Marathon

    [CHI] Liliya Shobukhova Wins Women's Marathon
    Russia's Liliya Shobukhova wins among women at her debut in the 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. She had an unofficial time of 2:25:55.

    This is Wanjiru's fourth major title in five marathons.

    Adderrahim Goumri of Morocco surged late to finish second. Vincent Kipruto was third and Charles Munyeki fourth. Goumri's time was 2:06.04, Kipruto 2:06:08 and Munyeki 2:07:07.

    Full Coverage:  2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon