Jordan Hasay Becomes the Fastest American Woman to Run the Chicago Marathon
She broke the previous record set by Joan Benoit Samuelson in 1985.
Seven months ago, Jordon Hasay ran her first-ever marathon in Boston, finishing in third place. The 26-year-old was hoping for similar success at the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon over the weekend-and it's safe to say she's pretty happy with her performance.
With a time of 2:20:57, Hasay came in third once again and became the fastest American woman to finish the Chicago race. She broke the record previously set by Olympic medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson in 1985. "It was a huge honor," she told NBC after her finish. "It's only been about seven months since my very first marathon so we're just really excited for the future." (Thinking of running a marathon? Here are five things you should know.)
Samuelson was one of several Chicago marathon alums cheering for Hasay on the sidelines. (Related: 26.2 Mistakes I Made During My First Marathon So You Don't Have To)
On top of setting a record for the Chicago Marathon, Hasay also had a two-minute PR that helped her become the second-fastest American marathoner in history. Deena Kastor still holds the record for the fastest marathon by an American at 2:19:36 from the London Marathon in 2006.
Marathon winner Tirunesh Dibaba, from Ethiopia, completed the race in a whopping 2:18:31, almost two minutes clear of Brigid Kosgei, from Kenya, who clocked 2:20:22 in second place. Looking forward, Dibaba has her eyes on breaking the world record set by the English runner, Paula Radcliffe, at 2:15:25.