Markos Genet of Ethiopia and Buzunesh Deba Won the Los Angeles Marathon, Markos Set a New Record

Despite cold weather and heavy rain, first-timer Markos Genet of Ethiopia won the Los Angeles Marathon this morning, breaking the course record by almost two minutes with a finish time of 2:06:35. The 26.2 mile race from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica was Geneti’s first competitive marathon. The old record was set by Wes Korir, defending two-time champ, in 2009.

Geneti has had a career as a middle distance runner. He was running his first 26.2 mile race.

Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba won the women’s division with an unofficial time of 2:26:34. The women’s division was a seesaw between Deba and Amy Hastings, of  Mammoth Lakes. Hastings was ahead for nearly the entire course before faltering  at Mile 21, in Brentwood.

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Markos Geneti and Bizunesh Daba (Photo:archive)

Deba’s victory was her seventh marathon win in the nine races she has  entered. She won $25,000 and a Honda sedan, while Geneti won $125,000 for his  record time, as well as a Honda.

Krige Schabirt won the wheelchair division with a time of 1:35:12. The former soldier from South Africa, who lost  his legs in a war on Angola, now lives in Georgia.

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Runners Face Wet, Cold Conditions

A cold rain moved into Los Angeles early Sunday, and cases of mild hypothermia were reported later in the race.

 

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