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Four Aussies finish top ten at Chicago Marathon

Monday, 9 October 2017 | Athletics Australia

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Australian Paralympic legend Kurt Fearnley has finished second in the Chicago Marathon's wheelchair category for the second straight year. 

As in 2016, the 37-year-old five-time winner beat all but Switzerland's Marcel Hug home, finishing with a time of 1 hour, 30 minutes and 24 seconds. 

Fearnley has never finished lower than second in Chicago, recording five wins and two runner-up finishes before Sunday's result. 

Fellow Australian Madison de Rozario finished fourth in the women's wheelchair race, setting a huge personal best time of 1:39.22. 

In the elite runners category, Australia's Commonwealth Games gold medallist Michael Shelley finished 10th in a time of 2:12.52. 

Australia’s top ten finishes continued with Lisa Weightman sixth in the women’s event. 

The three-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist crossed the line in 2:28.45 to back up her result of 5th earlier this year at the London major. 

These four strong performances show the depth of Australia’s marathon talent leading into the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

 
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