More Elite at Chicago Marathon

Posted: October 5, 2007 in chicago marathon

Chicago Marathon have announced the latest entry of Robert K. Cheruiyot, the back to back winner of Boston marathon and also a winner at Chicago marathon in 2006. Whose lasting memory at 2006 memory was his famous fall at the finish.

This brings the number of elite runners for the Sundays Chicago marathon to 15 runners.

Will the record fall in a week?

Haile Gebresellassie predicted its only a matter of time before we see a marathon runner, run the full marathon in 2hrs flat. With 15 elite runners going for the jackpot I predict the sundays chicago marathon to be exciting. Its only a week since Haile Gebresellasie set a new world record but this 15 elite runners might just break it. With 15 best of the best fighting on the streets of chicago a record might just be broken, if not the world record the Chicago Course record might fall come on sunday.

Who to watch at Chicago

Out of the 15 elite runners at Chicago full marathon 10 have previously run a full marathon at sub 2.08hrs. Felix Limo the london marathon winner starts among favourites with a personal best time of 2.06hrs.

Robert Cheruiyot who is also the defending champion at Chicago is my favourite to win. Cheruiyot arrives to Chicago after back-to-back-to-back championships at the Boston Marathon (2006 and 2007) and 2006 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. He has the extra motivation since he is currently poised atop the World Marathon Majors men’s leaderboard with 75 points, a lock for the inaugural championship. Regardless of his place finish in Chicago this weekend, Cheruiyot will become the first series champion following the ING New York City Marathon in November.

Mr. Consistent in Chicago, Daniel Njenga. The Japanese based Kenyan ran 2:06:16 for 2nd in 2002, 2:07:41 for 3rd in 2003, 2:07:44 for 2nd in 2004, and 2:07:14 for 3rd last year. The only thing he lacks in Chicago is the win. He does not have any recent races under his belt, but going off of past years performances it’s safe to assume he’s prepared. Could this be the year that Njenga finally gets it right?

And the ladies

Berhane Adere the defending champion will lead the women challenge and I dont see any other female runner likely to beat her. Adere’s 2006 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon championship set a new Ethiopian national record. Although her career spans a decade, Adere spent the majority of that time on the track, making her marathon debut in Rotterdam in 2001. Since then, she has twice held the Ethiopian national record and earlier this year, she won the Fortis Rotterdam Half Marathon in 1:11:11 as part of her preparation for Chicago. Go girl!

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