Aryasova, Moiben Win L.A. Marathon
atiana Aryasova of Russia, a 5,000-meter specialist who was making her marathon debut after taking time off to have a child, won the women's race and a $100,000 bonus for prevailing in the Banco Popular Challenge.
The elite women were given a head start of 19 minutes, 38 seconds over the men's field, and Aryasova maintained a safe lead for most of the race and crossed the field line in an unofficial time of 2:29.
Laban Moiben of Kenya won the men's race and $20,000 by completing the course in 2:13:51.
Russia's Tatiana Aryasova made a winning marathon debut Sunday, getting a head start on the male runners in race billed as a battle-of-the sexes and capturing the Los Angeles Marathon.
She finished just ahead of a group of Kenyan men in 2 hours, 29 minutes, 9 seconds.
"It didn't matter to me," she said through a translator. "If I see the men behind me, it's not going to make me run faster."