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