SANTA MONICA (CBSLA/AP) — Bayelign Teshager of Ethiopia had a successful marathon debut on Sunday, taking over in the final mile to win the 35th Los Angeles Marathon.

Margaret Muriuki of Kenya led from start to finish to take the women’s race.

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Teshager, who turns 20 on Monday, pulled away from John Langat of Kenya as they got to Ocean Avenue. Teshager’s time was 2 hours, 8 minutes, 25 seconds.

Lani Rutto of Kenya established the pace for the first 20 miles before falling back and placing fifth. Langat had the lead until Teshager made his move down the stretch to win by 40 seconds.
Defending champion Elisha Barno was ninth.

Muriuki, 33, won with a personal best time of 2:29:57. It is her second marathon victory in three months after she won at Honolulu in December.

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Muriuki was in control of the women’s race throughout and kept a strong pace. She eventually pulled away from Almaz Negede of Ethiopia with seven miles remaining to win by 3:01.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 08: Third place finisher Wilson Kwambai Chebet of Kenya, winner Bayelign Teshager of Ethiopia, and second place finisher John Langat of Kenya pose at the finish line of the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon on March 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

The race drew 27,000 runners. Runners participating were glad to hear the race was not canceled as a result of coronavirus concerns.

“I’m not too concerned. I just want to keep washing my hands, not touch other people,” Kryssa Johnson, a runner, said. “I’m glad they kept it on and didn’t cancel it.”

“They’ve just been sending out communications, being pretty good about telling people to wash their hands and do all the basics and all that stuff,” Mark Steidler, another runner, said. “I know their going to have some hand sanitizer at the aid stations.”

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