Los Angeles Marathon 2014: Men's and Women's Top Finishers

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09:  Start of the Los Angeles Marathon at Dodger Stadium on March 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Ethiopian long-distance runner Gebo Burka won the men’s portion of the 2014 Los Angeles Marathon with a time of two hours, 10 minutes and 37 seconds. It was an impressive performance and well deserved victory, though he was still over four minutes off the course record.    

Markos Genet set the record in 2011 with a time of 2:06:35.

On the women’s side, not only did Amane Gobena of Ethiopia win the race for her classification, but she was also the top overall finisher in the entire race, setting a torrid pace with a time of 2:27:37.

Gobena was just over two minutes behind Lidiya Grigoryeva’s course record of 2:25:10 in 2006.

Both runners won $25,000 for their efforts, according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

Here is a look at the top finishers from the men's classification:

2014 Men's LA Marathon Top 10 Results
1Gebo BurkaEthiopia2:10:37
2Lani RuttoKenya2:10:48
3Erick MoseKenya2:12:56
4Benjamin KiptooKenya2:13:44
5Julius KeterKenya2:14:06
6Gabriel ProctorUnited States2:16:17
7Aaron BraunUnited States2:19:51
8Solomon KandieKenya2:22:43
9Stephan ShayUnited States2:25:20
10Adam RoachUnited States2:32:38
Source: LAMarathon.com

Here is a look at the top finishers from the women's classification:

2014 Women's LA Marathon Top 10 Results
1Amane GobenaEthiopia2:27:37
2Tigist TufaEthiopia2:28:04
3Lauren KleppinUnited States2:28:48
4Bruktayit EshetuEthiopia2:31:16
5Gulume ChalaEthiopia2:34:26
6Kristen Fryburg-ZaitzUnited States2:39:42
7Agnes JepkosgeiKenya2:43:18
8Julia BudniakPoland2:47:50
9Shannon BuekerUnited States2:53:10
10Dolores ValenciaUnited States2:57:58
Source: LAMarathon.com

While the $25,000 was a rich payday for Gobena, she also managed to walk home with another $50,000 for winning the gender challenge by finishing the race first overall after the women started the race 17:41 before the men.

Staying on the women’s side, Ethiopian runner Tigist Tufa managed a second-place finish with a time of 2:28:04 and American Lauren Kleppin finished third with a time of 2:28:48.

As impressive as Kleppin’s third-place finish in the women’s classification was, it was even more noteworthy considering this was her first marathon and she still managed to accomplish the feat:

The action on the men’s side was just as intense, with Kenyan Lani Rutto taking home second prize with a time of 2:10:48, just 13 seconds off Burka's first-place pace. Defending champion Erick Mose finished in third with a time of 2:12:56.

Mose had high expectations for Sunday’s race, and his agent, Derek Froude, told Klein about what kind of finish he and his client were hoping for:

He's relatively young and clearly on an improving curve. I could see him running 2:06 or 2:07 for the marathon. If he does that, he will move substantially up in the Kenyan rankings and make a good living for himself. At that point he would be ready to contend in any marathon in the world. He wouldn't be the fastest, but he would be within a couple minutes, which means on any given day anything can happen.

Not to be outdone, Joshua George won the men's wheelchair race in 1:33:11.

The 29th edition of the LA Marathon has to be considered a success after more than 25,000 participants flooded the streets of the major metropolis to attack the 26.2-mile course.

The race began at Dodger Stadium and culminated in Santa Monica. The runners were treated to a course that ran through Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Chinatown.

The warmer temperatures—the heat was on the rise all morning—likely slowed the times, but the beautiful sunshine made for ideal circumstances for those fans watching the event along the course.

Overall, the 2014 Los Angeles Marathon was a success.


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