FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHERUIYOT AND ADERE WIN THE 2006 LASALLE BANK CHICAGO MARATHON
CHICAGO (October 22, 2006) -- Robert K. Cheruiyot (KEN) outsprinted Daniel
Njenga (KEN) today to win an exciting LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in two
hours, seven minutes 35 seconds.
In the women's race, Berhane Adere (ETH) stayed back and attacked late to
win in 2:20:42. Galina Bogomolova (RUS) was second in 2:20:47 and Benita
Johnson (AUS) moved up to third in 2:22:36.
The race was run on a blustery day with light rain, strong winds from the
west and temperatures in the low 40s F. As Cheruiyot was finishing he
slipped and fell backwards, hitting his head on the ground. The two-time
winner of the Boston Marathon and new leader of the World Marathon Majors
series was evaluated on site and taken to a local hospital for
precautionary purposes where he will be held overnight for observation.
Njenga, who with Cheruiyot, broke away from Jimmy Muindi (KEN) with just
less than two miles to go, finished in 2:07:40. It was the third time in
five tries at Chicago that he placed second; he finished third the other
two times. Muindi hung on for third in 2:07:51, while American Abdi
Abdirahman had a major breakthrough to take fourth place in a personal-best
2:08:56. Robert Cheboror (KEN) tried to stay with the lead pack, but faded
after 20 miles and finished fifth in 2:09:25. American Brian Sell was sixth
with a personal-best 2:10:47.
In the women's race, Adere and Bogomolova passed early leader Constantina
Tomescu-Dita (ROM), who faded to fifth after running a sub-2:17
course-record pace for 16 miles. She had led the race by two minutes, 12
seconds before slowing down. Bogomolova and Adere passed Tomescu-Dita just
past the 24-mile mark. They ran with each other until Adere stepped up the
pace at 25.5 miles. Bogomolova tried to close the gap and did briefly on
the incline just before the final turn.
Madai Perez Carrillo (MEX) moved up with Johnson and grabbed fourth place
in 2:22:59. Tomescu-Dita placed fifth in 2:24:25 and Nuta Olaru (ROM)
finished sixth in 2:25:37.
The men's and woman's wheelchair winners were Joshua George (USA) in
1:38:31 and Miriam Ladner (USA) in 2:04:21. The official number of starters