A familiar face was the first man to cross the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday morning.
Kenyan John Korir won his second straight LA marathon in the men’s division with a time of 2:09:08 and a pace of 4:55/mile. Korir shaved significant minutes off last year’s winning pace, in which he crossed the finish line first in 2:12:48.
Sunday’s race is just the latest accolade for the successful Korir family. John Korir now joins his older brother Wesley as a two-time champion in Los Angeles. At just 25 years old, Korir will have a real shot at defending his crown again in 2023.
First place in the 2022 men’s race wasn’t the only throwback to the previous marathon finish. Korir’s compatriot Edwin Kimutai was second with a time of 2:10:44. Kimutai, 29, also finished second to Korir in 2021. Ethiopian Berhanu Bekele Berga was third with a time of 2:15:11.
It was truly a banner day for the nation of Kenya. Immediately after the finish, Korir was ready to congratulate fellow Kenyan Delvine Meringor on winning the women’s title. Meringor crossed the finish line eight seconds ahead of her compatriot.
The 29-year-old Meringor finished the race in 2:25:04 – a pace of 5:32/mile. Behind her came Antonina Kwambai, also from Kenya, with a time of 2:30:13. Third was Biruktayit Eshetu Degefa of Ethiopia in 2:31:29.
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