Silviya Skvortsova of Russia became both the top finisher and the women's champion at the Zappos.com Las Vegas Marathon today.
Skvortsova finished the 26-mile, 385-yard race in an unofficial
time of 2 hours 29 minutes and one second.
She became the first woman elite runner in the 3-year-old event to claim the $25,000 Megabucks Challenge by reaching the finish line before men's champion Christopher Cheboibich of Kenya.
Each winner 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.
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