You might recognize these Olympic Chicago Marathon runners – NBC Chicago
Chicagoans will see familiar faces during the Tokyo Olympics Marathon event.
That’s because several Bank of America Chicago Marathon Champions or elite runners will be going for gold at the Games.
Here are some former Chicago Marathon competitors to watch out for during Marathon events August 7-8.
Many Chicago Marathon fans will remember Galen Rupp’s victory in 2017.
It was then that Rupp became the first American to win the Chicago Marathon since Khalid Khannouchi. He went on to win the 2020 US Olympic Marathon trials.
After Tokyo, which marks his fourth Olympic appearance, Rupp will return to the Windy City race this fall. If Rupp claims another victory in Chicago, he will only be the seventh man in Bank of America Chicago Marathon history to do so, according to race organizers.
Fans will certainly not forget the moment Brigid Kosgei won the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a world record.
Kosgei of Kenya broke not one but two records with his arrival in that year’s marathon. She finished with an unofficial time of 2:14:04, which put her more than a minute faster than Paula Radcliffe’s all-time record of 2:15:25 set in the London Marathon in 2003. She also broke the course record set by Radcliffe in 2002 in Chicago. His record breaking moment even earned praise from former President Barack Obama.
From now on, she will represent Kenya at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Also in 2019, Lawrence Cherono won the crown in Chicago after competing in the race as the defending Boston Marathon champion.
He will also compete for Kenya at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
Jake Riley, who finished ninth in the 2019 Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:10:36, finished second in the US Olympic Trials, clinching his ticket to Tokyo. He took part in an epic three-way duel for the last two guaranteed places, finishing in second place while Abdi Abdirahman, 43, finished third.
Abdi Abdirahman finished third in the Olympic Trials, securing his ticket to the Tokyo Olympics at age 43. But fans will likely recognize him as a veteran of the USA team. He has also competed in the Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8K as part of his Olympic training for the past several years.
Birhane Dibaba is no stranger to Chicago and Tokyo.
Birhane Dibaba won two third places in Chicago in 2014 and 2015, and she is part of an exclusive group, having achieved something that only 27 women have accomplished in history: a personal best in less than 2:20, which ‘she performed in the Tokyo Marathon race. Dibaba has now won the Tokyo Marathon on several occasions.
She will represent Ethiopia at the Olympics.
Eliud Kipchoge is a former champion not only of the Chicago Marathon but also of the Olympics.
The Kenyan elite won the crown at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2014, then became an Olympic gold medalist at the Rio Games in 2016, finishing with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 44 seconds.
He will represent Kenya at the Tokyo Olympics.
Chicago will always have a highlight in Roza Dereje’s marathon career.
The 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon marked its debut at AbbottWMM and its first run in the United States. At just 21, Dereje was the youngest elite female athlete on the court at the time.
She will race for Ethiopia at the Tokyo Games.
Others to watch:
Lemma of Sisay, from Ethiopia: participated in the Chicago Marathon
Fionnuala mccormack: from Ireland, participated in the Chicago Marathon
Suguru osako, from Japan: competed in the Chicago Marathon and trained with Galen Rupp