On September 28th, Dennis Kimetto set the world record in the marathon. He ran 2:02:57 in Berlin and became the fastest person ever to run a marathon. Now, just two weeks later, his world record is in jeopardy.
On October 12th, a blazing fast field will toe the line at the Chicago Marathon. The weather looks perfect. The field is stacked. The course record (2:03:45) is in play. The world record is in play (2:02:57). Both are currently held by Kimetto.
Kenenisa Bekele has run one marathon – he won Paris in 2:05:03. However, prior to that, he was so dominant on the track that he did not lose a single 10,000m race that he finished between 2003 and 2012. He has run the fastest 10,000m ever on U.S. soil (26:25.97). Bekele indicated that his goal is to break the course record. With that being said, I think he has more on his mind.
Bekele will be challenged by Eliud Kipchoge. Kipchoge has the fastest personal best in the field – he ran 2:04:05 last year in Berlin. That is the sixth fastest marathon time ever. He has stated that his goal is to win the race, not to set any records. We’ll see about that.
My Pick: I like bold picks, but I’m certainly in no position to pick against one of the (if not the) greatest distance runners of all time. I like Kenenisa Bekele and I think he has a fair shot at the world record.
Complete Men’s Elite Field.
On the women’s side, Rita Jeptoo is back to defend her title. She won Boston this year and she is a clear favorite.
Florence Kiplagat has been up and down over the last few years. However, she said she’s ready for this race and she’s keen on improving on her 2:19:44 personal best.
My Pick: Jemima Sumgong – she was second in 2013 and she has a personal best of 2:20:48. Last year, she was a co-leader through 35 kilometers. This year, I think she has a good chance of taking the win.
Complete Women’s Elite Field.