Kebede Wins Chicago Marathon, 1 Suffers Cardiac Arrest

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia set a course record in winning the Chicago Marathon yesterday morning.

Kebede pulled away late and was all alone, waving to the crowd as he approached the finish at Grant Park and crossing the line in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds. That easily eclipsed the previous mark of 2:05:37 set by Kenya's Moses Mosop last year and was more than enough to beat countryman Feyisa Lilesa.

On a cool morning that seemed made for a course record, Kebede came through.

Officials say one man suffered a cardiac arrest near the end of the race and nine others were also hospitalized.

Race medical director Dr. George Chiampas says the 47-year-old man was alert and talking yesterday after being shocked twice. He declined to say where the runner was from and wasn't sure if the runner had a previous heart condition. The man was reported in stable condition yesterday.

The annual race winds for 26.2 miles through different Chicago neighborhoods. The runner suffered the cardiac arrest around the 21st mile.

Chiampas says at least nine other runners were also been taken by ambulance with injuries or ailments, although none were life-threatening.


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