Sado wins LA Marathon, Njoroge takes men's race

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia has won the Los Angeles Marathon women's race, breaking 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, 39 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.