Kenya: Kiptum, Chepng’etich to Headline Star-Studded Line-Up at Chicago Marathon

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Nairobi — London Marathon champion Kelvin Kiptum and two-time Chicago Marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich will headline this year’s edition of the Chicago Marathon on October 8.

Kiptum, who will be competing in his third career marathon, will be keen on unseating defending champion — and fellow countryman — Benson Kipruto who will be aiming for his second consecutive title in Chicago.

The 23-year-old Kiptum has been billed by some as a heir-apparent to marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge after a blistering start to his marathon career.

In December last year, he made one of the most exciting debuts in the 42km race when he clocked 2:01:53 to clinch the Valencia Marathon and etch himself into record books as the world’s fourth fastest marathoner.

At the London Marathon in April, he graduated into the world’s second-fastest marathoner when he clocked 2:01:25 to beat the tape.

Even as Kiptum heads to Chicago in buoyant mood, he will be aware that Kipruto will be coming into the race with an extra motivation of becoming Mr Chicago Marathon.

A second consecutive win for Kipruto will put him in the elite company of the late Samuel Wanjiru who also clinched back-to-back wins in 2010.

On his way to victory last year, Kipruto clocked 2:04:24 — the fourth-fastest time in the history of this World Marathon Majors race.

The two Kenyans will be wary of the ever-lurking Ethiopian threat, which this time comes in the form of the 2021 champion Seifu Tura.