Jones, Benoit Samuelson Win Marathon in Windy City
CHICAGO (AP) _ Steve Jones successfully defended his Chicago marathon title but missed a world best in the marathon by one second, racing through the Windy City’s streets Sunday in two hours, seven minutes and 13 seconds.
Joan Benoit Samuelson, competing in her first marathon since winning the event in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, ran a personal best 2:21:21 to win the women’s division of the race, called America’s MarathonChicago.
″The wind was blowing fast the whole while, especially the last five miles,″ said Jones, a 29-year-old Welshman who also won the 1985 London Marathon this summer.
He defeated Robleh Djama of Djibouti by almost a full minute, but came up strides short at the finish in trying to better the 2:07:12 world-best set by Portugal’s Carlos Lopes last April.
In the women’s division, Norway’s Ingrid Kristiansen was determined to prevent a repeat of the Olympic marathon in which Benoit Samuelson pulled away early. Kristiansen, who owns the world best of 2:21:06, ran with Benoit Samuelson through some blistering early miles and was within five yards through 19 miles.
Kristiansen finished second in 2:23:05 and two-time defending champion Rosa Mota of Portugal was third in 2:23:29.
Jones, who was paid $25,000 in appearance fees, added $35,000 in first- place prize money and an additional $10,000 by breaking his own course record of 2:08:05, which had been a world best until Lopes bettered it. Jones would have earned an extra $50,000 for the new world’s best.
Benoit Samuelson made $35,000 first place money, $10,000 for a course record in addition to a lucrative personal services and promotion contract with Beatrice Companies Inc., the race’s sponsor.