Kenyans Win L.A. Marathon Amid Heat Wave
With 20 miles behind him, Daniel Limo began to doubt he would win the Los Angeles Marathon.
Never mind that he just passed countryman Edwin Koech to take over the race’s lead. He wasn’t feeling good and was concerned Koech or Lani Rutto would beat him.
“At 20 miles I started feeling bad,” Limo said. “I was not strong … but I persevered.”
Limo’s “bad” was still better than everyone else’s best as he racked up his first professional marathon victory at the L.A. Marathon on Sunday. Limo, 31, crossed the finish line in 2 hours 10 minutes 36 seconds, more than two minutes ahead of second-placed Rutto.
He wasn’t the only Kenyan runner to prevail. Ogla Kimaiyo won the women’s race in 2:34.10. She finished 23 seconds ahead of runner-up Natalya Puchkova of Russia.
Limo and Kimaiyo each won $25,000.