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Chelimo wins Honolulu Marathon

December 12, 2011
The Maui News

HONOLULU - Kenyan runners dominated at the 39th Honolulu Marathon on Sunday, claiming the top six spots in the 26.2-mile race.

Defending champion Nicholas Chelimo pushed ahead of two-time winner Patrick Ivuti about 50 yards from the finish line for the win. Chelimo's time was 2 hours, 14 minutes, 55 seconds, with Ivuti just three seconds behind in one of the race's closest finishes ever.

Josphat Boit was third in 2:15:40, followed by Kiplimo Kimutai (2:18:12), Benjamin Kiptoo Kolum (2:19:21) and six-time winner Jimmy Muindi (2:24:40).

Woynishet Girma of Ethiopia was the first woman to finish, with a time of 2:31:41. It was the 25-year-old's first marathon title and her Honolulu Marathon debut. The women's runner-up was fellow Ethiopian Misiker Demissie (2:31:53), followed by Valentina Galimova (2:31:55) of Russia.

Thomas Puzey of Laie, Oahu, was the first Hawaii finisher, placing eighth in 2:31:44.

The top Maui runner was Paul Hopwood of Makawao, who finished in 2:59:47. He was 56th overall and fourth in the 45-49 men's division. Lahaina's Jeff Sanders (3:14:52) was the second-fastest Valley Isle finisher, followed by Kula's Rudy Achberger (3:22:14).

Lahaina's Krista Lorenz (3:47:27) was the first Maui woman to cross the finish line, finishing 809th overall and 25th in the 40-44 women's division. Paia's Chantal Li posted a time of 3:51:22, while Lahaina's Michael Montoya finished in 3:56:55.

According to organizers, 22,617 runners took part in the race, which started at 5 a.m. with temperatures in the low 70s. The course began along Ala Moana Boulevard and ended at Kapiolani Park.



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