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Kelvin Kiptum wins 2023 Chicago Marathon with possible world record – NBC Chicago

Newcomer Kelvin Kiptum completed his first Chicago Bank of America Marathon in historic fashion, not only winning the 2023 race and beating defending champion Benson Kipruto, but possibly setting a world record in the process .

The Kenyan runner caused a stir in his US marathon debut in Chicago and finished with an unofficial time of 2:00:35. If confirmed, this time would not only break the Chicago course record, but also the world record of 2:01:09, set by Eliud Kipchoge.

Kiptum won the 2023 London Marathon in what was only his second marathon race and came close to breaking a world record at that time. He finished that race in 2:01:25, just 16 seconds off Kipchoge’s world record.

Kiptum predicted he would break a record in this year’s race in Chicago.

“I think on Sunday, if the weather is good, I will go under the current course record,” Kiptum said Friday.

And he did much more than that.

Kiptum managed to take the victory well ahead of Kipruto.

Kipruto broke away at mile 25 last year to win with the fourth-fastest time ever in Chicago. Had he won in 2023, he would have been the first consecutive men’s open field champion since Sammy Wanjiru in 2010.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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