Ethiopia's Sado Wins LA Marathon
Fatuma Sado earns $100K gender challenge
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 18, 2012 12:20 PM CDT
Rain falls as Los Angeles Marathon runners zip past Grauman's Chinese Theatre last year. This year's race was won by Fatuma Sado.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia has won the Los Angeles Marathon women's race, improving her personal best by more than 2 minutes and earning a $100,000 gender challenge bonus. Kenya's Simon Njoroge won the men's race. The 20-year-old Sado led over the final 20 miles and won in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 38 seconds in just her fourth marathon. She took advantage of a 17:31 head start the women's elite runners received over the men to win the prize given to the first runner, male or female, to finish.

Her previous best time was 2:28:01 last year in Istanbul. She previously won in Hamburg in her marathon debut. Njoroge left countryman Weldon Kirui behind in the 22nd mile and finished in 2:12:12 for his seventh marathon victory.