Romania’s Delvine Meringor broke the race course record at the 35th edition of the Los Angeles Marathon that was held on Sunday (20) in Los Angeles, California.
Meringo who is a Kenyan by birth now trades for Romania beat a strong field the included Antonina Kwambai who was also the last editions runner-up and Biruktayit Eshetu Degafa from Ethiopia.
This the second marathon for the 29 year-old after running a personal best of 2:24.32 at the last years Xiamen Marathon where she finished in sixth place.
Meringor erased the previous course record of 2:25.10 that was set in 2006 by Lidiya Grigoryeva from Russia by setting a new course record of 2:25.03.
“I am so happy. It’s an amazing day for me,” Meringor said, who claimed a $10,000 marathon challenge bonus for holding off Korir with a 16:05 head start to beat the men’s winner to the finish line.
Kwambai came home in second place in a time of 2:30.12 with Degafa closing the podium three finishes in 2:31.28.
Kenya’s Martha Akeno and Amanda Phillips from United States finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:34.02 and 2:35.06 respectively.
Meringor who is hoping to qualify and represent Romania in the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, pocketed a cool $20,000 as prize money and bonus.
- Delvine Meringor (ROM) 2:25.03
- Antonina Kwambai (KEN) 2:30.12
- Biruktayit Degafa (ETH) 2:31.28
- Martha Akeno (KEN) 2:34.02
- Amanda Phillips (USA) 2:35.06