CHICAGOÂ â€” Ejegayehu Dibaba, a silver medalist in the 10,000-meter race at the 2004 Olympics finished second (2:22:09) in her marathon debut here today, reported theÂ New York Times.
The winner, Liliya Shobukhova of Russia crossed the finish line with a time of 2 hours 18 minutes 20 seconds. With the victory, she earned a $100,000 prize, qualified for the 2012 Olympic team and set a Russian record.
Ejegayehu is the oldest sister of Tirunesh Dibaba, gold medalist in 5,000m & 10,000m races at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Her time makes her the second-fastest woman to run a marathon by a comfortable 27 seconds. (Paula Radcliffe of England holds the womenâ€™s world record with a time of 2:15:25 that she set in London in 2003.)
Shobukhova won in Chicago in 2009 with a time of 2:25:56 and again in 2010 with a time of 2:20:25. This year, she finished four minutes ahead of Ejegayehu Dibaba of Ethiopia.
Shobukhova and Dibaba, a silver medalist in the 10,000-meter race at the 2004 Olympics who was making her Chicago debut, were neck and neck for more than half of a race that many expected Shobukhova to dominate from the start. Japanâ€™s Kayoko Fukushi, who finished third, was not far behind.
But Dibaba and Kukushi tired in the second half, and Shobukhova, with a steady pace, continued to expand her lead as the race progressed.
Dibaba said later that she injured her lower left leg a week before the race.