Chicago Marathon record set by Kebede (2:04:38)
CHICAGO – Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia shattered the course record in winning the Chicago Marathon on Sunday 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.
The women’s race was also a thriller, with Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia edging Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo by about a step. The two traded leads down the stretch, with Jeptoo briefly grabbing it as they turned into Grant Park and Baysa quickly regaining it.
Baysa broke the tape, finishing in 2:22:03, one second ahead of Jeptoo. That ended the three-year run of Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova, who placed fourth at 2:22:59. Kenya’s Lucy Kabuu (2:22:41) was third.
On a cool day that seemed made for a course record, Kebede delivered.
Italy’s Marcato sprints to victory at Paris-Tours
TOURS, France – Italy’s Marco Marcato won the Paris-Tours classic in a sprint finish Sunday.
Marcato was beaten to the line by Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium in a head-to-head sprint last year, but this time he held firm and withstood a challenge from Laurens De Vreese of Belgium and Dutch rider Niki Terpstra.
The 146-mile trek from Chateauneuf-en-Thymerais to Tours has favored sprinters in recent years, and this was the case again as the three riders broke away.
German rider John Degenkolb, one of the pre-race favorites, could not match the pace and finished in fourth place, six seconds behind the front three, who all had times of 4 hours, 50 minutes, 34 seconds.
Red Bull’s Vettel closes Formula One points gap
SUZUKA, Japan – Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix from the pole Sunday to close within four points of Formula One championship leader Fernando Alonso, who crashed out of the race at the first turn.
Vettel, who also won the last race in Singapore, is now within sight of a third consecutive title – something only previously accomplished by Juan-Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher – with five races left.
Alonso’s Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa was second, 20.6 seconds behind Vettel for his first podium finish since Korea in 2010, a performance that should boost his chances of staying with the team.
Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi delighted the home fans by taking third place – holding off a late challenge from McLaren’s Jenson Button – for his first-ever F1 podium.
Organizers drop sanctioning to allow Armstrong to race
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. – Lance Armstrong competed in a triathlon Sunday after organizers dropped USA Triathlon sanctioning so he could take part in a race that raises money for cancer.
Armstrong is banned from events that follow World Anti-Doping Agency rules after he chose not to fight USADA charges of doping.
Armstrong finished the swim, bike and run that covered 70 total miles in 4 hours, 16 minutes at the Revolution3 Half-Full Triathlon, racing in a wave of about 50 fellow cancer survivors.
“This was a race that was built and designed to raise money for cancer. So it was an easy decision,” said Brock Yetso, president of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. “We had two individuals who decided they did not want to race based on our decision and 300 who said they wanted to. So I think numbers speak for themselves.”
An estimated $100,000 in proceeds from the event will benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund, Yetso said.