LA Marathon 2012 Results: Fatuma Sado Emerges as Sunday's Biggest Winner

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 22: Runers head up the Paseo de la Castellana at the start of the Madrid Marathon on April 22, 2007 in Madrid, Spain. A total of 13,000 people took part in the race through the streets of the Spanish capital.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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While the weather forecast had doom and gloom in the eyes of the 2012 Los Angeles Marathon event promoters and runners, the sun came out bright and helped lead 20-year-old Fatuma Sado to the second marathon win of her career.

Sado has only entered four marathons in her short professional career, but she has won two and finished second in the other two. That’s a natural if I’ve ever heard of it.

Not only was Sado’s victory at the LA Marathon huge for the younger marathon runners trying to make a name for themselves, it was huge for the career of the young marathon runner.

The 2:25:39 time was the fourth-fastest performance by a woman in the history of the LA Marathon, and it has cemented Sado as a star in the marathon running game.

For her efforts, Sado won $125,000 and a Honda CRV valued at about $30,000. Overall, it’s easy to see that the young Kenyan woman was the weekend’s biggest winner.

In other news, I have seriously thought about taking up marathon running.

Top 5 Men’s Results

Simon Njoroge, 2:12:11

Weldon Kirui, 2:13:41

Dereje Yadete, 2:13:45

Justin Patananan, 2:13:49

Stephen Muange, 2:15:35

Top 5 Women’s Results

Fatuma Sado, 2:25:39

Misiker Mekonnin, 2:28:09

Yeshimebet Tadesse, 2:30:46

Iwona Lewandowska, 2:31:17

Tetyana Mezentseva, 2:31:20