Ethiopian runners won the men's and women's race Sunday at the 2012 Chicago Marathon.
Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia won the men's race in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 38 seconds. He began the race with his slowest 5k split: 15:06. It was the only 5k split he ran over 15 minutes. His quickest split came from the 30k to 35k stretch of the race, where he ran a 14:19. In that split, Kebede had an average speed of 13.02 miles per hour. He finished with a 4 minutes and 46 seconds per mile pace.
Atsede Baysa, also of Ethiopia, won the women's race in 2 hours 22 minutes and 3 seconds. She finished only one second ahead of second-place finisher Rita Jeptoo of Kenya. Baysa finished with a 5 minutes and 21 seconds per mile pace.
Dathan Ritzenheim was the top American male. The 29-year-old Ritzenheim finished in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 47 seconds, ninth overall. He carried a 4 minutes and 53 seconds per mile pace.
Renee Metivier Baillie finished as the top American woman. She ended the race in 2 hours 27 minutes and 17 seconds.