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Rutto of Kenya Wins 2nd Straight Chicago Marathon - 2004-10-10

Evans Rutto of Kenya has won his second straight Chicago Marathon, completing the 42 kilometer race in two hours, six minutes and 16 seconds. Constantina Tomescu-Dita of Romania won the women's race by almost a minute, finishing in a personal best time of two hours, 23 minutes and 44 seconds.

Rutto looked as if he might flirt with the world record of 2:04:55 set by fellow-Kenyan Paul Tergat last year in Berlin. But Rutto tired over the last few miles as he ran into a stiff headwind.

Daniel Njenga of Kenya finished almost 90 seconds back in second place, while Toshinari Takaoka of Japan was third in the men's race.

Tomescu-Dita won the women's race despite spending the last few days in bed with the flu. Her fellow-Romanian, Nuta Olaru, was second almost 50 seconds back, while Svetlana Zakharova of Russia was third.