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John Korir repeats as winner in men’s marathon; Delvine Meringor wins women’s race – Daily News

LOS ANGELES — It was a dominant back-to-back win for John Korir on the thirty seventh Los Angeles Marathon.

Korir, a 25-year-old from Kenya, ran the 26.2-mile course, which started at Dodger Stadium earlier than dawn, rolled by means of downtown LA, Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and ended alongside the Avenue of the Stars in Century City, in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 7.1 seconds, breaking his personal file on the course route on Sunday.

“Today my strategy was to maintain and see how the guy (Kenyan Edwin Kimutai) would be,” Korir mentioned. “So I was running to see if I could break away at 20 miles but (Kimutai) didn’t want to break down. But at 22 miles I saw him back down so I decided to move.”

Although Korir broke away from Kimutai at mile 22, he’s much more enthusiastic about operating his personal finest in the marathon by seven seconds on a windy day in Los Angeles.

“This time I was in good shape, so I (was able) to do my personal best,” Korir defined.

In November 2021, Korir ran 2:12:47 to win the men’s race. His victory Sunday makes him a back-to-back winner like his older brother Wesley, who additionally received back-to-back LA Marathons in 2009 and 2010.

Meanwhile, Korir mentioned he’s excited for some pleasant brotherly banter and Korir household bragging rights.

“It feels good and I think my brother is happy, my coach is happy too,” Korir continued. “When we were coming to this race, I was coming to defend my title and try to chase the ladies, I didn’t catch the ladies but I’m good.”

Kenya’s Kimutai was second in 2:10:42 and Ethopia’s Behanu Bekele Berga completed third in 2:15:10.

Meanwhile, Delvine Meringor, 29, from Kenya, who can also be a Romanian citizen, received the women’s race in 2:25:03, an occasion file on the route that ends on the Avenue of the Stars since its first operating in the autumn.

“I am so happy. It’s an amazing day for me,” Meringor mentioned, who claimed a $10,000 marathon problem bonus for holding off Korir with a 16:05 head begin to beat the men’s winner to the end line.

Meringor, who simply completed her second marathon ever, is hoping to qualify and symbolize Romania in the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.

Kenya’s Antonina Kwambai was second in 2:30:12 and Ethopia’s Biruktayit Eshetu Degafa completed third in 2:31:28.

In November 2021, Natasha Cockram received the women’s marathon in 2:33:15, greater than eight minutes slower than Meringor’s successful time in 2022.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Zane Robertson, 32, who has lived and educated in Kenya since he was a youngster, bought out to an early lead in the men’s marathon however later dropped out.

Liz Camy-Blackwell, a 39-year-old assistant principal in Ventura County, was the quickest native lady, ending ninth in 2:55:34.

Adolfo Carvalho, a 24-year-old from Pasadena, was the quickest native man, ending twelfth in 2:28:39.

“It was exciting for a debut marathon. It was a fun, really tough course,” Carvalho mentioned. “I was happy in the end to run under 2:30.”

Carvalho’s final aim is to run 2:18 or sooner and qualify for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

“Long road ahead to it but let’s see what the next few races have in store,” Carvalho continued.

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