Amane Gobena wins L.A. Marathon women's race, gender bonus

Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Amane Gobena of Ethiopia won the women's race and Gebo Burka of Ethiopia won the men's race in the 29th Asics L.A. Marathon.

Gobena, 31, won in 2 hours 27 minutes 37 seconds, collecting $25,000 for the victory.

Burka, 26, clocked a 2:10:37 to win a marathon for the first time. He also won $25,000.

Gobena won $50,000 for winning the gender "challenge." The women were given a 17:41 head start and Gobena finished 41 seconds ahead of Burka.

Joshua George won the men's wheelchair race in 1:33:11.

Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia was second in 2:28:04 and Lauren Kleppin of the United States was third in 2:28:48 in the women's race.

Lani Rutto of Kenya was second in 2:10:48 and defending champion Erick Mose third in 2:12:56 in the men's race.

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With 6.2 miles left in the 29th annual Asics L.A. Marathon, two women and two men are pulling away in their respective races.

Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia clocked 1 hour 51 minutes 9 seconds for a narrow lead over Amane Gobena in the women's race.

Lani Rutto of Kenya clocked 1:39:53 for a slight lead over Ethiopia's Gebo Burka in the men's race.

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Ethiopia's Tigist Tufa and Amane Gobena have broken away from the lead women's pack at the 18-mile mark in the 29th Asics L.A. Marathon.

Tufa clocked 1 hour 45 minutes 34 seconds through 19 miles.

Lani Rutto of Kenya, Gebo Burka of Ethiopia and Dawit Wolde of Ethiopia are leading the men's race in the 19th mile.

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Habtamu Asefa of Ethiopia leads a group of five runners who appear to be pulling away at the halfway mark in the men's race of the 29th Asics L.A. Marathon.

Asefa passed the 13.1-mile mark in 1 hour 5 minutes 57 seconds.

Defending champion Erick Mose fell off the pace. Kenyan Julius Keter, who finished second last year, is in the lead pack.

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