LOS ANGELES (NWN) – John Korir of Kenya made a break on Sunday with 7 miles remaining to win the 36th Los Angeles Marathon.
Natasha Cockrum of Wales won the women’s race with a similar strategy.
The 24-year-old Korir, who finished second here two years ago, finished in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 48 seconds, nearly six minutes better than country’s Edwin Kimutai (2:18:01). Eritrea’s Amanuel Messel Tiku finished third in 2:18:17.
Korir’s older brother, Wesley Korir, is a two-time Los Angeles champion.
“Now our family is very happy today,” said John Korir. “It’s three times our family winning this race. We are happy now.”
Cockerum won on 3 October at the London Marathon after finishing 13th. She ran the 26.2-mile Stadium Two Stars course in 2:33:17.
“I wasn’t sure how my body would be feeling after London,” Cockeram said. “About halfway through, I felt confident and comfortable. I wish I had gone earlier.”
Kenya’s Antonina Kwamba finished second in 2:37:36, trailing Russia’s Nina Zarina by a second.
Korir and Cockrum each won $6,000. The total prize purse was $40,000.
The race traditionally takes place in March. It returns to that location next year.
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