The American marathon record was set 15 years ago by the great Deena Kastor. Kastor’s clocking of 2:19.36 has stood the test of time. Australia’s marathon record in comparision, is 2:22.36 set by Benita Willis.
But this weekend in the windy city of Chicago, Sara Hall is chasing history and will look to go out on record pace. Hall will have a bunch of pacers as well as a loaded elite field to aid her, including world half-marathon record-holder Ruth Chepngetich.
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Chepngetich is the clear favourite, her PB sits at 2:17.08 from 2019 (Dubai). Chepngetich is both consistent as well as fast, she is also the only woman in the field with a sub-2:20.00 PB next to her name.
“I have never raced in the States and making my debut in such a great race like the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is more than a dream to me. I will give all myself trying to run as fast as possible. The presence of such a wonderful elite field will boost me.” Said Chepngetich.
Hall is currently the second fastest American woman in history with a 2:20.32 set in Arizona in December of 2020. She will up against not only Chepngetich but several other talented Americans such as Emma Bates, Lindsay Flanagan, Diane Nukuri and Keira D’Amato.
Good luck Sara…