I almost missed these breaking news – for the first time ever a female runner has won a unisex marathon. Meaning she won not only over all other women but also over all men:
In a surprising and inspiring race, a female first-time marathon runner won the 2013 LA Marathon. Aleksandra Duliba, a 27-year-old woman from Belarus, was the first runner, male or female, to cross the finish line.
She won $25,000 for being the fastest woman and an additional $50,000 for “beating the top men’s finisher”.
Aleksandra ran the marathon in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 8 seconds. The fastest man, Erick Mose of Kenya, could only finish in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 43 seconds.
Now some readers would wonder how Aleksandra could win the race when Erick was 16 minutes faster. Well, stop being so ridiculous, will you! It’s not the speed that matters, it’s the one who “crosses the finish line” first who is the winner. And since the women got a 18 minutes and 35 seconds head start, Aleksandra was the first person, male or female, to “cross the finish line” – hence this historic piece of news.
For the next marathon, why don’t they give women a full hour head start, maybe it will be even more “surprising and inspiring” to see that many hundreds of women can beat even the fastest man in a sports event.
On a more serious note: If I was Aleksandra I would be furious. 2 hours, 26 minutes and 8 seconds is a fantastic time to run a marathon. Why diminish such an amazing achievement by this silly play with words.