1998 CHICAGO MARATHON INTERACTIVE RACE MAP & REPORT
P10 Osoro Tops the Victory Stand
1- With the sun and Kannouchi at his back, Ondoro finishes strong to run a 2:06:54 debut. With the experience of a veteran racer, Osoro saved his best running for the homestretch. When Karugu and Kannouchi hit the low 4:40s between 20 and 22, kept it level with a steady dose of 4:46 -4:48 miles - and kept him in position for a late race charge. When Kannouchi's calf gave out, Osoro charged to victory, running his last 1.2 miles at 4:43 pace. No one else in the entire field managed to better 5:05 pace for the same stretch. From this position 600m out from the finish line, all but Osoro and Eder Moreno seemed well beaten by the efforts of WR pacing, the toll of 26 miles, and the brutal realization that victory is NOT at hand. While Osoro and the late charging Moreno kicked into a victorious overdrive, all the others wore defeat on their faces. Despite running injured, and limping home to a 2:07:19, Kannouchi apologized for what he called "not a normal race from me." Thys, who became the first man to run two sub 2:08s in the same year, was devasted that his quads gave out at 24 miles - and he shuffled home at 5:04 pace - and 17 seconds off Josiah Thugwane's South African record.
Above all - it is competition that drives these athletes that take to the streets in these annual urban epics - sure the cash attracts them, but it is the competition that propels them ...when all other sensory inputs are telling them to stop.
2- Thys, Osoro and Kannouchi on the awards stand. Osoro ran history's 3rd fastest marathon, a World Record Debut, and a Kenyan Record. Kannouchi became the first man with two sub 2:07:30 clockings, and Thys the first man with two sub 2:08 marathons in the same year.