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Ethiopians sweep LA Marathon

Ethiopians sweep LA Marathon

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 9, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.


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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Amane Gobena of Ethiopia won the women's Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 37 seconds, crossing the finish line 41 seconds ahead of men's champion and fellow Ethiopian Gebo Burka and winning the gender challenge.

Burka won in 2:10:37.

Gobena, who finished second here in 2009, and the women started 17:41 ahead of the men. As the first person to cross the finish line, she won a $50,000 bonus in addition to the $25,000 first prize.

Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia finished second in 2:28:04 and American Lauren Kleppin was third in 2:28:48, some 13 minutes faster than her previous best.

Lani Rutto of Kenya was the second man to finish, in 2:10:48. Defending champion Erick Mose was third in 2:12:56.

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