Ethiopians sweep LA Marathon

Gebo Burka, left, and Amane Gobena, both of Ethiopia, celebrate their victory in the Los Angeles Marathon in Santa Monica, Calif., Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) -
Gebo Burka, left, and Amane Gobena, both of Ethiopia, celebrate their victory in the Los Angeles Marathon in Santa Monica, Calif., Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) –

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Amane Gobena of Ethiopia won the women’s Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 37 seconds, crossing the finish line 41 seconds ahead of men’s champion and fellow Ethiopian Gebo Burka and winning the gender challenge.

Burka won in 2:10:37.

Gobena, who finished second here in 2009, and the women started 17:41 ahead of the men. As the first person to cross the finish line, she won a $50,000 bonus in addition to the $25,000 first prize.

Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia finished second in 2:28:04 and American Lauren Kleppin was third in 2:28:48, some 13 minutes faster than her previous best.

Lani Rutto of Kenya was the second man to finish, in 2:10:48. Defending champion Erick Mose was third in 2:12:56.

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