Former Louiville standout Wesley Korir finally breaks through on the international stage.
With a winning time of 2:08:22, American-educated Kenyan Wesley Korir achieved a tremendous career breakthrough at the Los Angeles Marathon Monday. Korir not only won the men’s title but also picked up a $100,000 bonus for winning the gender equalizer challenge and an additional $40,000 for a new course record. Korir is not new to the marathon scene, as he debuted at the 2008 Chicago Marathon, where he ended up placing in the money even though he was not granted an elite number. Still, his 2:13 finishing time there was far short of what he achieved in Los Angeles.
The women’s race was won by Russia’s Tatyana Petrova in a time of 2:25:56. The Russian is known for her prowess on the track as a 3000-meter steeplechaser, but has moved up to the marathon distance this year. Petrova ended up finishing second in the gender equalizer competition, which left her less than a minute shy of the $100,000 bonus.
1. Wesley Korir – Kenya – 2:08:22
2. Tariku Jafar – Ehiopia – 2:09:30
3. Laban Kipkemboi – Kenya – 2:10:27
4. Mulugeta Wami- Ethiopia – 2:10:47
5. Negari Terfa- Ethiopia – 2:10:51
1. Tatyana Petrova – Russia – 2:25:56
2. Amane Gobena – Ethiopia – 2:26:50
3. Silvia Skvortsova – Russia – 2:28:35
4. Lyubov Morganova – Russia – 2:29:38
5. Irene Mogoka – Kenya – 2:30:06
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