Kimetto sets course record in Chicago Marathon
Dennis Kimetto, a subsistence farmer in Kenya until he started running about three years ago, won Sunday’s Chicago Marathon in a course-record 2 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds.
Kimetto, 29, is six weeks removed from a bout with malaria.
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He surpassed the Chicago record of 2:04:38 for 26.2 miles set last year by Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia. Kimetto’s time ranks No. 4 of all time on a record-eligible course.
Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya was second in 2:03:52.
Travis Boyd, a former Washington Huskies runner from Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, was 27th in 2:19:56.
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya was the women’s winner in the first major marathon in the United States since the Boston bombings in April. Jeptoo triumphed in 2:19:57; she also won the Boston Marathon.
Jemima Sumgong Jelegat of Kenya was second in 2:20:48.
Sarah Robinson of Seattle finished 23rd in 2:47:14.
The winners each earned $100,000. Kimetto made an additional $75,000 for the course record, while Jeptoo gets a $40,000 bonus for finishing under 2:20. The race drew a Chicago Marathon-record 40,230 runners.
Desisa triumphs in Boston
Reigning Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the Boston Half in a course-record time of 1 hour, 0 minutes, 34 seconds for 13.1 miles through Emerald Park.
It was the third event of the Boston Medley since the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 260.
Kim Smith of New Zealand successfully defended her women’s title in 1:09:14.
Djokovic, Kerber prevail
Novak Djokovic of Serbia continued his excellence in China by holding off Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3) to capture a second Shanghai Masters title and extend his winning streak in the country to 20 matches.
Meanwhile, top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany won her first WTA title of the season and third overall. She defeated Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) at the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria.
Taiwan crowd enjoys Lin
Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin, whose parents emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the 1970s, scored 17 points in a 107-98 exhibition victory over the Indiana Pacers in Taipei.
Rockets coach Kevin McHale said the hard work Lin put in over the summer is giving him the boost he needs to cope with the pressure of being one of the most closely watched NBA players in Asia.
“He puts so much pressure on himself,” McHale said. “There’s an entire half of the world that seems to be pulling for him.”
Velazquez sets money mark
John Velazquez has surpassed Pat Day’s North American career earnings record for jockeys.
The 41-year-old Velazquez’s mounts have earned $297,922,320. Fellow Hall of Famer Day retired in 2005 with $297,914,839 in earnings.
Velazquez passed Day when he guided 3-year-old filly Bit Bustin to a second-place finish — worth $15,400 — in Sunday’s ninth race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
• German cyclist John Degenkolb of the Argos-Shimano team won the Paris-Tours classic, edging SaxoBank-Tinkoff rider Michael Morkov of Denmark. Degenkolb covered 146 miles in 5 hours, 29 minutes, 19 seconds.
Garmin-Sharp rider Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee placed fourth in the mass sprint and was assigned the same time as Degenkolb.
• The Anaheim Ducks put a franchise-record 56 shots on goal in a 4-1 NHL victory over visiting Ottawa. Corey Perry scored twice for the Ducks, who have won four in a row.
“We want to put as many pucks on the net as possible,” Perry said.
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