Former All-Africa 10,000m bronze medallist, Jemal Yimer of Ethiopia broke the Kenyan jinx at the 38thh edition of the Los Angeles Marathon held on Sunday (19) in in Los Angeles, California, U.S.
The 26 year-old led an Ethiopian 1-2 podium finish when he cut the tape in a time of 2:13.13 with his compatriot Yemane Tsegay crossing the finish line in second in 2:14.06.
Kenya’s Barnaba Kipkoech closed the podium three finishes in a time of 2:14.27.
Thomas Rono and Emmanuel Ngatuny came home in fourth and fifth in a time of 2:14.47 and 2:16.51 respectively.
The men’s race had been won by a Kenyan every year since 1999, except for 2011, 2014 and 2020 when it was won by Ethiopians. A U.S. runner last won in 1994.
- Jemal Yimer (ETH) 2:13.13
- Yemane Tsegay (ETH) 2:14:06
- Barnaba Kipkoech (KEN) 2:14.27
- Thomas Rono (KEN) 2:14.47
- Emmanuel Ngatuny (KEN) 2:16.51