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2009 Chicago Marathon world record attempt and results page

Posted Oct 10 2009 10:00pm


Almost a half a million dollars---that how much money a runner can earn if he or she breaks the current marathon world record at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

Kenya' s Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru is expected to go for the men' s world record which was set in Berlin by Ethiopia' s Gebrselassie at 2:03:59.

" I want to know Obama, please... I want to be like him," Wanjiru said, adding with a laugh " it will be tough" to eclipse Obama' s newly-awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

Wanjiru' s best time so far is 2:05:10, a mark he set at the London Marathon.

But Chicago' s flat course could be ideal for a new marathon record. Indeed the men' s world record was set in Chicago in 1999 but since that time the Berlin Marathon has seen some of the fastest times.

On the women' s side it will be American marathon champion Deena Kastor who will battle Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia and Germany' s Irina Mikitenko in Chicago.

" I think I can run a 2:04 or 2:05 but it depends on the weather, " Wanjiru said

The weather is expected to be sunny but unseasonably cold with temperatures hovering in the forties all day.

After the race click HERE for complete professional and age group results.

An estimated 45,000 runners are expected to take on the Windy cities annual marathon.

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