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2014 Elite Male Runners: Sammy Kitwara

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    NANNING, CHINA - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Wilson Kiprop,Sammy Kirop Kitwara,Titus Kwemoi Masai and Moses Cheruiyot Mosop celebrate Kenya winning the Men's Team gold medal during the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 2010 on October 16, 2010 in Nanning, China. (Photo by Wang Zhao/Getty Images)

    Sammy Kitwara enters the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with the fifth-fastest personal best in the field (2:05:16).

    An advantage for the Kenyan may be familiarity with the course after placing fourth at the 2012 Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:05:54, and placing third with his personal best in last year's race.

    Kitwara excels in shorter races -- his 58:48-minute personal best at the Philadelphia Half Marathon makes him the fourth fastest runner ever for the distance -- but needs to put it all together for his first major marathon win.

    There's no reason why it can't be in Chicago this year.