Liliya Shobukhova Wins Third Consecutive Chicago Marathon | NBC Chicago

Liliya Shobukhova Wins Third Consecutive Chicago Marathon



    The Russian distance runner sets the pace, and a personal best en route to a commanding third victory. (Published Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011)

    The race never looked in question for Liliya Shobukhova. She sprinted across the finish line.

    The 33-year-old Russian looked strong throughout the 26.2 miles of Bank of America Chicago Marathon en route to her third consecutive win in the midwestern competition. 

    "I'm unbelievably happy to be in the history of the Chicago Marathon," she said following her victory. "I feel great."

    She becomes the only competitor to notch three straight wins in the annual Chicago distance event.

    Shobukhova did it in style, too, setting a personal best time of 2:18:1, becoming the second fastest marathoner in history behind Paula Radcliffe.

    Her victory should help guarantee her a spot on the Russian Olympic team. The top two Russian runners in terms of times set between September 1 and January 1 will earn automatic bids.

    The victory did win her some serious scratch.

    Shobukhova wins $100,000 for the victory, $40,000 as a time bonus for setting a personal best, and $500,000 for winning the 2010 World Marathon Major Series.