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Amane Gobena of Ethiopia reacts as she crosses the finish line to win the women's elite class of the Los Angeles Marathon on March 9, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.  Harry How / Getty Images

Woman Bests Men In an L.A. Marathon With One Caveat

Mar 10, 2014

Ethiopian runner Amane Gobena past the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon Sunday, taking home a $50,000 prize for beating her male counterparts in the race's "gender challenge."

The only caveat was that Gobena didn't have the fastest time. Women were given a 17:41 head start in the co-ed race. Gobena ran the 26.2 mile race in 2 hours 27 minutes and 37 seconds, crossing the finish line 41 seconds ahead of Gebo Burka who finished in 2 hours 10 minutes and 37 seconds.

Gobena and Burka, both Ethopian, won $25,000 each for winning the men and women's portions of the race.

[LA Times]

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