When the Los Angeles Marathon drew to a close this Sunday, women rejoiced as they took back the gender championship.
Female marathoner Aleksandra Duliba outlasted the entire field, taking home $75,000 purse in the process. In her first-ever marathon, the runner from Belarus took advantage of her head start and outlasted the top Kenyan male runners in the race.
The gender challenge was introduced in 2004, giving out prize money for the overall winner of the race. Dubila’s win gives the women a 5-4 edge since the award’s inception.
Let's take a closer look at Dubila's accomplishment and the top male finisher at this year's marathon.
Aleksandra Duliba - Minsk, Belarus
Duliba brought the race’s gender championship back to the female side with an outstanding race time of 2:26:08. Her finish qualifies for a Belarus national record (per L.A. Times), and in her first-ever official marathon, no less.
While Kenyan Erick Mose finished with a faster overall time, female runners are given an 18 minute, 35 second head start in front of the male runners. Therefore, she bested Mose’s time by over a minute and took home the $50,000 gender challenge prize.
In addition, Duliba’s time bested second-place female runner Zemzem Ahmed of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by over four minutes.
Erick Mose - Toluca, Kenya
Mose ran an impressive race to finish as the men’s winner, finishing with a 2:09:42 time. He bested fellow Kenyan Julius Keter by just over 45 seconds for the men’s crown.
Both Keter and Mose were in a deadlock around the 24th mile when the latter was able to distance himself from his opponent and held onto the lead for good.
The men’s official record still stands, though, as Mose’s time clocked at over a minute behind. Regardless, he is L.A.’s champion.
The top finishes and times can be found below:
Top 10 Male Finishers
|1. Erick Mose||26||Toluca||2:09:42|
|2. Julius Keter||24||Kapsabet||2:10:29|
|3. Nicholas Chelimo||30||Ngong Hills||2:10:41|
|4. Weldon Kirui||24||Kericho||2:10:48|
|5. Vitaly Shafar||31||Kiev||2:13:29|
|6. Philemon Baa||31||Nairobi||2:14:38|
|7. Nick Arciniaga||29||Flagstaff, Ariz.||2:17:04|
|8. Chris Chavez||26||Menlo Park, Calif.||2:19:20|
|9. Benard Onsare||30||Calgary, Alberta||2:24:48|
|10. Jared Abuya||36||Colorado Springs, Colo.||2:25:16|
Top 10 Female Finishers
|1. Aleksandra Duliba||27||Minsk||2:26:05|
|2. Zemzem Ahmed||28||Addis Ababa||2:30:31|
|3. Deena Kastor||40||Mammoth Lakes, Calif.||2:32:38|
|4. Aberash Nesga||27||Addis Ababa||2:37:09|
|5. Colleen De Reuck||48||Boulder, Colo.||2:41:23|
|6. Joanna Zeiger||42||Boulder, Colo.||2:44:48|
|7. Ailsa MacDonald||32||St. Albert, Alberta||2:48:15|
|8. Julia Budniak||32||Los Angeles ||2:49:29|
|9. Natalie Stein||30||North Hollywood, Calif.||2:57:53|
|10. Kate Freeman||31||Los Angeles ||2:59:29|
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow his sports musings and random life observations on Twitter.
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