Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and Rita Jeptoo won titles at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, tying Kenya with the United States for most Chicago champions at 20.
There was no catching the two, with Kipchoge winning the men's side in 2:04:11 after a breakaway move 24 miles into the race and Jeptoo making her move at 23 miles to secure victory in 2:24:35.
A few takeaways from the day:
Kipchoge's brilliant marathon career
• Kipchoge was just six seconds off his personal best of 2:04:05 set at the Berlin Marathon in 2013.
• In his four career marathons, he has never finished worse than second: first in Hamburg in 2013 (2:05:30), second in Berlin in 2013 (2:04:05), first in Rotterdam in 2014 (2:05:00) and now first in Chicago.
• Kipchoge ran under 2:06 for the fourth consecutive time, tying a streak held by Haile Gebrselassie, Geoffrey Mutai and Patrick Makau. All three of those runners have been the fastest in the world at some point in their careers.
• Kipchoge's winning time is the third-fastest marathon run this year.
• With the victory Kipchoge takes home a $100,000 paycheck and earns a $55,000 time bonus for running under 2:05.
• According to statistician Ken Nakamura, Chicago's top 10 runners averaged 2:04:40, the second-fastest of 2014 behind Berlin's 2:03:55 average.
• Earlier in the week Kipchoge said he requested a pace of 61:40 through the halfway mark. The lead men's pack crossed in 62:09, and Kipchoge ran his second half in 62:00.
• Each time the Chicago Marathon has been run on Oct. 12, a Kenyan man has won.
• Quote of the day: "Well, you know, Chicago is known as the Windy City," Kipchoge joked when asked about the weather conditions.
Jeptoo reigns supreme
• Jeptoo won her second consecutive Chicago Marathon, joining six other women who have accomplished the feat. Russian Liliya Shobukhova (2010-11) was the last back-to-back victor.
• Jeptoo's winning time is 6:38 slower than her season-best time of 2:18:57 from the 2014 Boston Marathon.
• With the victory, Jeptoo was named the World Marathon Majors champion and won $500,000. The Chicago Marathon victory adds $100,000 to that, and her race-winning earnings could surpass $1,000,000 with Nike contract bonuses.
• Jeptoo is the first woman since Catherine Ndereba to win Boston and Chicago in the same year. Ndereba pulled off the feat in 2000 and 2001. Jon Mulkeen of the International Association of Athletics Federations noted on Twitter that Jeptoo's margin of victory in both races was 1:02.
• Quote of the day: "I am the queen of Chicago," Jeptoo said after the race.
• Bobby Curtis finished ninth in 2:11:24, well ahead of his previous personal best of 2:13:24. Curtis led the American contingent from the start of the race.
• After struggling to a 20th-place finish at last year's New York City Marathon, Amy Hastings returned to form in Chicago. Hastings finished fifth in 2:27:03, matching her personal best set in 2011 in Los Angeles.
Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele was considered the men's favorite entering the race after his course-record victory in Paris earlier this year. He is also the world-record holder at 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Bekele finished fifth in 2:05:51, telling reporters after the race he knew his body would not respond when Kipchoge made his late move to push the pace.