Shobukhova back for Chicago Marathon

Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova will try to become the first runner to win four straight Chicago Marathon titles.

After dropping out of the London Olympic marathon at the 14-mile mark with stomach cramps, Shobukhova has decided to run the Oct. 7 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Shobukhova, who turns 35 in November, ran the third fastest time in history (2 hours, 18 minutes, 20 seconds) to win the 2011 Chicago Marathon.

Race organizers announced Thursday that Shobukhova has joined a women's field that includes last year's distant runner-up, Ejegayehu Dibaba of Ethiopia, and Lucy Kabuu of Kenya, who ran a sub-2:20 marathon (2:19:34) in her her second marathon in Dubai last January, then followed that with a 2:23.12 for fifth in April's London Marathon.

Kabuu had taken four seasons off from marathoning after failing to finish her debut race in 2007.




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