Elite Men of the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Top male athletes from across the world competing in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

By Jennifer Leon
|  Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012  |  Updated 2:34 PM CDT
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Elite Men of the Chicago Marathon

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Of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon's 45,000 runners, there are 49 considered elite. Here are the top five men:

Tsegaye Kebede
Age: 25
Country: Ethiopia
Personal Best: 2:05:18
Buzz: Placing top three in his last 11 marathons, Kebede finished second to the late Sammy Wanjiru in his last Chicago marathon back in 2010.
 
Wesley Korir
Age: 30
Country: Kenya
Personal Best: 2:06:15 (Chicago, 2011)
Buzz: Korir is running for the fifth consecutive year in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
 
Feyisa Lilesa
Age: 22
Country: Ethiopia
Personal Best: 2:05:23
Buzz: At age 20 Lilesa became the youngest man to run under 2:06 hours, setting his personal best to date.
 
Shami Dawit
Age: 28
Country: Ethiopia
Personal Best: 2:05:42
Buzz: Specializing in marathon races, Dawit this year won the Dubai Marathon, considered to be one of the fastest races. He also won the 2012 Hamburg marathon in record time for the course and set his personal best.
 
Levy Matebo
Age: 23
Country: Kenya
Personal Best: 2:05:16
Buzz: Mainly a marathon runner, he set his record by earning second place at the 2011 Frankfurt Marathon. Matebo also took second at this year's Boston Marathon behind Wesley Korir.

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