The Chicago Marathon course got a new PR on Saturday, when Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede blasted through the miles with a finishing time of 2:04:38—taking down the old PR by a full 59 seconds.
“After half, I push, I push, I push, and then I run 2:04,” Kebede said to NBC 5, smiling. “For me it’s my first time. Every time my dream to run 2:04. Today, thanks to God, I run it.”
Kebede hit mile upon mile in the (superhuman) 4:35-4:45 range in order to claim first place and set the new course record.
Dathan Ritzenhein was the first American to cross the finish line, ninth overall, with 2:07:47. The 29-year-old, with his own new personal best, is now the third fastest American marathoner of all time.