- October 24, 2006 at 12:38 am #5676
Chicago, USA – One champion finished upright and the other was prone as they crossed the finish line of the 2006 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon on Sunday.
Ethiopia's Berhane Adere won a dual with Russia's Galina Bogolomova to win the women's division by five seconds in a time of 2:20:42, while men's champion Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya was raising his arms in victory and just about to break the finish tape after outrunning countryman Daniel Njenga when his foot slipped on the sponsor logo mat that was glued to the pavement in front of the chip timing mat and he slid across the finish.
It was a frightening scene as Cheruiyot's head hit the ground first and he didn't move for several seconds as people rushed to his aid. More importantly, however, for Cheruiyot, was the fact that his torso landed over the finish line, allowing him to be officially recorded as the winner with a time of 2:07:38.
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