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Ethiopia swept the men's and women's race at the 2012 Chicago Marathon
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.