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Friday, 13 October 2017 17:24

Galen Rupp named USATF Athlete of the Week following Chicago Marathon win

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Galen Rupp (Portland, Oregon) became the first American since 2002 to win the Chicago Marathon, running a lifetime-best 2:09:20 Sunday to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Rupp won by 28 seconds over defending champion Abel Kirui of Kenya, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist and two-time World Championships gold medalist.

Results can be found here.

Other notable performances:

    Jordan Hasay — Hasay ran the second-fastest marathon ever by an American woman to place third at Chicago, covering the 26.2-mile course in 2:20:57. Only Deena Kastor (2:19:36 in 2006) has ever run faster among U.S. women.

    Anthony Kunkel — Kunkel won the USATF 50 Mile Championship at Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, by more than 25 minutes in 5:43:49.

    Elizabeth Howard — Howard was the women’s USATF 50 Mile champion, finishing in 7:07:39. The 45-year-old from San Antonio, Texas, won by more than seven minutes.

Now in its 16th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker; March 23, Allen Woodard; March 30, Bob Lida; April 6, Anna Rohrer; April 12, Sydney McLaughlin; April 19, Ben True; April 26, Jordan Hasay; May 3, Clayton Murphy; May 10, Gwen Berry; May 17, Christian Coleman; May 24, Joe Kovacs; May 31, Christian Taylor; June 7, Sydney McLaughlin; June 14, Christian Coleman; Tianna Bartoletta, June 21; Ryan Crouser, June 28; Sam Kendricks, July 6; Allyson Felix, July 12; Julia Hawkins, July 19; Ajee’ Wilson, July 26; Kayla Davis, August 2; Justin Gatlin, August 9; Emma Coburn, August 16; Jarrion Lawson, August 23; Kevin Castille, August 30; Darrell Hill, September 6; Jenny Simpson, September 13; Harvey Lewis, III, September 20; Ryan Vail, September 27; Joy Upshaw, October 4; Galen Rupp, October 11.

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