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Four American women finish in top 10 at Chicago Marathon


CHICAGO -- On a rainy and cool Sunday morning Sarah Crouch led a strong showing by American women finishing sixth overall with a personal best time of 2:32:37. The 2017 Chicago Marathon Champion, Galen Rupp was unable to defend his title, finishing fifth in 2:06:21.


Despite some top Americans dropping out in the weeks leading up to the race, the women continued to make a splash in elite marathoning. Laura Thweatt (Durango, Colorado) was the fastest American entering the race and the leading American before dropping out before just before the 10-mile mark. Taking over the top American spot was Sarah Crouch (Hockinson, Washington) who entered as the 12th fastest in the elite field with a personal best of 2:32:44. After the first 5K Crouch remained in the top 10 for the entirety of the race, eventually finishing first of six Americans in the top 12 overall.


Taylor Ward (Ogden, Utah) fell back early, crossing the 5K mark in 17th position but steadily worked her way up to seventh by 30K mark. Finishing strong, Ward crossed the line in seventh in 2:32:42 shaving almost three minutes off her personal best and came in just five seconds shy of Crouch.


Outside of the elite field were two spectacular finishes by 42-year-old Kate Landau (Tacoma, Washington) who ran 2:33:24 to finish eighth and Marci Klimek (Phoenix, Oregon) crossed the line in 2:34:53 for 10th place.


Rio Olympic triathlon gold medalist turned marathoner, Gwen Jorgensen (Waukesha, Wisconsin), though she was not pleased with her performance finished 11th in 2:36:23, a personal best of more than four minutes. Katie Matthews (Rocky Hill, Connecticut), the sixth best American female finisher and 12th overall clocked a personal best time, 2:38.16.


Galen Rupp (Portland, Oregon), who earned Olympic bronze in the marathon in 2016 and ran the second-fastest time by an American earlier this year stayed with the lead pack as the pace quickened through the 20K. He fell off the lead pack around the 35K mark but ended up with his second fastest time ever, 2:06:21.


Rounding out the top five American male finishers were Elkanah Kibet (Fayetteville, North Carolina) finished thirteenth overall in 2:12:35, Aaron Braun (Fort Collins, Colorado) was 14th in 2:13:16, Jonas Hampton (Pottstown, Pennsylvania) clocked 2:14:19 for 15th place and Parker Stinson (Boulder, Colorado) finished 16th in 2:14:29.


In the men’s wheelchair race American Daniel Romanchuk (Champaign, Illinois) won the wheelchair race in 1:31:34. In the women’s wheelchair race, Susannah Scaroni (Urbana, Illinois) was the first American female finisher crossing the line in 1:44:48 for third place. Seven-time Paralympic gold medalist Tatyana McFadden (Champaign, Illinois) was unable to defend her 2017 title finishing seventh overall in 1:56:35.


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