Thousands of runners gathered in to run the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 9, but only one male and one female could win the race for their respective genders. Get to know the Kenyans, Abel Kirui and Florence Kiplagat, who did it right here!
1. This was Florence’s 2nd win at the event
Florenec Kiplagat won the Chicago Marathon in 2015 and now 2016! The 28-year-old completed the race in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 32 seconds, which is even better than her 2 hour, 23 minute and 33 second win last year. Plus, she placed third in 2014, so she certainly has a great reputation in this race!
2. Abel got vengeance for his 2nd place finish last year
For the men, the race was undoubtedly between Abel Kirui, 34, and Dickson Chumba, 29, both Kenyans, the whole way through. Abel finally pulled ahead in the final mile, winning with a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 23 seconds, beating Dickson by just three seconds. Last year, Dickson was the winner, with a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 25 seconds, so it was a big victory for Abel.
3. Abel is an Olympic champion
The 34-year-old won silver at the 2012 Olympics in London, representing his country of Kenya. Florence never qualified for the Olympic team, though, coming in fourth at trials when she tried out in 2012.
4. They’re both related to marathon runners
Abel’s uncle is runner Mike Rotich and Florence’s uncle, William Kiplagat, also runs marathons. Meanwhile, Abel is also married to Stella Jemeli, and together, they have one son, born in 2008.
5. They have the same coach!
Clearly, Florence and Abel are getting some good instruction when it comes to this sport — and that’s all thanks to their coach, Renato Canova! Both runners work with the Italian coach to train, and it’s obviously worked!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of this year’s marathon winners? Would you ever run a race like this?