Chicago Marathon: Kurt Fearnley second to Marcel Hug again

RUNNER-UP: Kurt Fearnley at the Chicago Marathon finish line. Picture: AP Photo/Paul Beaty
RUNNER-UP: Kurt Fearnley at the Chicago Marathon finish line. Picture: AP Photo/Paul Beaty

Newcastle’s Kurt Fearnley has finished second again to Swiss legend Marcel Hug in the Chicago Marathon.

A pack of 15 racers stayed together for the first 35 kilometres before Hug kicked clear to win by more than a minute, crossing the finish line in the fastest time in Chicago for six years. Fearnley was next in a time of 1 hour 30 minutes 24 seconds.

It was the second consecutive year Fearnley has finished second to Hug in Chicago and follows last year’s same result at the Rio Paralympic Games.

“I’ve had some good results here in the past but today just wasn’t my day,” Fearnley said.

“Marcel is a hell of an athlete on an incredible run. Full credit to him. To pull away from the pack at that stage of the race and build a minute lead is something else.”

Fearnley has finished first or second in his eight attempts at the Chicago Marathon. He has five wins and three seconds.

“I love this race and it suits my strengths so I came into today pretty confident. But sometimes someone else pulls out a world-beating performance to beat you and you just have to suck it up, pat him on the pack and come back next time with a bit more mongrel in the tank to try and be that world-beater.”

Australia’s Madison de Rosario was fourth in the women’s wheelchair race. American Tatyana McFadden won in a course record time.