Two Kenyans win Los Angeles Marathon

08:21, March 23, 2010      

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The 25th annual Los Angeles Marathon became a showoff for Kenyan marathoners on Sunday, with Edna Kiplagat winning the women's division and countryman Wesley Korir regaining the title of the fastest man.

Kiplagat completed the course from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica in two hours, 25 minutes, 38 seconds, the third fastest women's time in the race's history.

Korir was the fastest man for the second consecutive year, timed at 2:09:19, the third fastest time in race history.

The elite women's field was given an 18-minute, 47-second head start over its male counterparts, determined by a formula involving the runners' lifetime best times.

The male and female winners both received 20,000 dollars and a 2010 Honda Insight EX sedan. Kiplagat also received 25,000 dollarsfor matching the 20th-fastest women's marathon time of 2009.

Kiplagat's victory ends an 11-race winning streak by women fromthe former Soviet Union. Russian women had won the last five racesand seven of the last nine.

Kenyan men have won 12 consecutive races.

No U.S. runner has won the race since 1994, when Paul Pilkington won the men's race and Olga Appell was the women's winner.

Nearly 25,000 runners took part in the race, the largest since 2006. Participants ran along a course that went outside Los Angeles' city limits in its history.

Organizers billed the course as having a "landmark every mile,"including Los Angeles City Hall, Echo Park, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive.

Source: Xinhua
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