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Britain's Mo Farah wins Chicago Marathon men's title

AFP  |  Chicago 

British athletics star won the Chicago Marathon men's title on Sunday in an unofficial time of 2hr 5min 11sec, shattering a European record with a spectacular finishing surge.

The world and Olympic 5,000 and 10,000-meter champion became the first British man to capture the event since in 1996.

The 35-year-old Somalia-born Briton claimed the biggest victory since he turned his attention to the distance a year ago to defeat Ethiopia's Mosinet Geremew by 13 seconds with Japan's Suguru Osako third in 2:05:50.

The former European record of 2:05:48 was set by Norwegian Sondre Nordstad Moen in last December.

Farah stayed with the lead pack most of the race, fell back at 30 kilometers but charged directly back among the leaders then outlasted every rival to the finish, dispatching Geremew with a closing kick on rain-soaked streets in cool and breezy conditions.

Kenya's won the women's title in 2:18:35.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 21:00 IST