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Kenyan wins Chicago Marathon, breaks U.S. record

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Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya won the Chicago Marathon with the fastest time on American soil. Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya won the Chicago Marathon with the fastest time on American soil.

CHICAGO (WKOW) -- On a bone-chilling Sunday morning, Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya won the Chicago Marathon.

He finished the race in the fastest time on American soil at two hours, five minutes, and 41 seconds.

The 2008 Olympic gold medalist and London Marathon winner was trying for the world record.

With temperatures in the low- to mid-30s, Wanjiru turned in the best time in the U.S. and beat by one second the mark set by Khalid Khannouchi in Chicago in 1999.

He got $75,000 for winning and $100,000 for the course record.  He nearly cost himself the big bonus by waving to the crowd as he approached the finish line.

Morocco native Abderrahim Goumri finished second in 2:06:04, and another Kenyan, Vincent Kipruto, finished in third at 2:06:08.

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