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Check out that picture below! Talk about a close race!

Chicago, USA - The 30th running of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon turned into a sprint as both the men's and women's winners won in dramatic, but very different ways.

Men's winner Patrick Ivuti of Kenya won a see-saw duel with two-time World Marathon champion Jaouad Gharib of Morocco by finding just enough to surge past Gharib at the tape in 2:11:11. Both were given the same time with Ivuti's margin of victory being five one hundreths of a second.  Defending women's champion Berhane Adere of Ethiopia made up 30 seconds in the last two kilometres, most of it down the 385 yard finishing straight to blow past a shocked Adriana Pirtea of Romania in the final 50 metres to win by three seconds in 2:33:49.

On a day when the temperature at the start was the hottest ever for the usually frigid Windy City race, the winning times were the slowest in over a decade. Both races turned into tactical battles that weren't settled until the final metres.  Gharib tried several times in the later miles of the race to shed the competition and appeared to be ready to pull away from Ivuti a couple of times during the final half mile, but Ivuti kept coming back.  Finally, as the pair approached the finish Ivuti surged one final time, ran around Gharib's outstretched arm, and broke through the tape ahead of Gharib in the tighest finish in Chicago Marathon history.