Posted by: Joe English | December 2, 2007

Races: Skvortsova and Cheboibich win at Las Vegas Marathon 2007

Silviya Skvortsova of Russia became both the top finisher and the women’s champion at the Zappos.com Las Vegas Marathon today.

The Las Vegas Marathon used a challenge format in which the elite women runners were sent off about eighteen minutes ahead of the men. The first finisher, male or female, gets a bonus in this type of event.

Skvortsova finished in an unofficial time of 2 hours 29 minutes and one second.

Running Elvis at Las Vegas Marathon
Photo: one of more than 180 running Elvises at the Las Vegas Marathon

She became the first woman elite runner in the 3-year-old event to claim the $25,000 challenge prize by reaching the finish line before men’s champion Christopher Cheboibich of Kenya.

Both Skvortsova and Cheboibich earned a $20,000 first-place prize.

Skvortsova and eight other elite women runners started 18 minutes and 3 seconds before the men.

Cheboibich finished in 2 hours 16 minutes and 49 seconds, which meant that Skvortsova crossed the finish line more the 5 minutes earlier.

Skvortsova’s personal-best time of 2:27.07 came at her first-place finish at the 2005 Rome Marathon. Cheboibich’s personal best of 2:08.17 was set during a second-place showing at the 2002 New York City Marathon.

Irene Mogaka of Kenya was second in 2:36.15 in the women’s field, while Jynocel Basweti of Kenya was the men’s runner-up in 2:17.41.

The weather was excellent for running all over the south-west on Sunday, but particularly so in Las Vegas. Winds that impacted the California International Marathon in Sacramento, being run at the same time, didn’t give runners in Las Vegas the same problems.

The Las Vegas Marathon featured some unique twists, including a group of at least 180 runners in Elvis costumes, reportedly the largest such gathering of running Elvises around.

Men’s Elite Results
1. CHRISTOPHER CHEBOIBOCH 2:16:49
2. JYNOCEL BASWETI 2:17:41
3. PHILIP TANUI 2:20:26
4. JOSEPHE KAHUGU 2:21:13
5. MOSES TAYE 2:22:39

Women’s Elite Results
1. SYLVIA SKVORTSOVA 2:29:01
2. IRENE MOGAKA 2:36:15
3. TEGLA LOUROUPE 2:41:37
4. VIKTORYIA ZUEVA 2:42:29
5. MARGARET NAKINTU 2:48:11

Complete race results for the Las Vegas Marathon can be accessed by clicking here.

Coach Joe English, Portland Oregon, USA

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