Sunday, October 12, 2008

Timothy Cherigat Third at Chicago Marathon

Timothy Cherigat en route to finishing 3rd at the 2008 Chicago Marathon.Laying off the near-foolhardy opening pace of the leaders (who were 1:02:26 at halfway), Timothy Cherigat ran his best race of the past few years to take third at this morning’s Chicago Marathon. In warm conditions, with the temperature above 70 when he finished, Timothy ran 2:11:39. He finished looking really strong.

The top two finishers, Evans Cheruiyot and David Mandango, were the only ones from the early lead pack not to come back to Timothy. For example, Emmanuel Mutai, who was so impatient early on that he surged ahead of designated pacesetter Boaz Cheboiywo at 10 miles, faded to sixth in 2:15:36. Timothy, in contrast, was eighth at halfway in 1:03:54.

Christopher Cheboiboch had an off day, placing 12th in 2:23:22 after passing halfway in 1:05:29.

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