Elisha Barno passed fellow Kenyan John Korir in the final half-mile to win the men’s portion of Sunday’s 34th annual Los Angeles Marathon, while Askale Merachi of Ethiopia set a course record to capture first place in the women’s race.
Barno completed the 26-mile, 385-yard “Stadium to the Sea” route from Dodger Stadium to near the Santa Monica Pier in two hours, 11 minutes, 45.54 seconds. Korir was second in 2:11:52.29. Juan Luis Barrios of Mexico was third in 2:11:59.45.
Merachi was the women’s winner in 2:24:11.83, breaking the previous course record of 2:25:38 set by Edna Kiplagat of Kenya in 2010. Cynthia Jerop of Kenya was second among the women in 2:25:54.41 and fellow Kenyan Lucy Karimi third in 2:26:15.42.
The men’s race has been won by a Kenyan every year since 1999, except for 2011 and 2014, when it was won by Ethiopians.
A U.S. runner last won the men’s race in 1994 — also the last year a U.S. runner won the women’s race.
African women have won eight of the last 10 races, with runners from the former Soviet Union winning the other two times.
The race has a purse of $100,000, with equal prize money for men and women. Barno and Merachi will each receive $23,000 for their victories. The runners-up will each receive $11,250 and the third-place finishers $9,000.
The top five male and female finishers will receive prize money.