Robert Naali of Tanzania won the 17th annual Honolulu Marathon
yesterday by a comfortable margin.
a 23-year-old policeman and father of three, broke away
from Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya, three-time winner of the
race, on the 12th mile of the 26.2-mile event and was never
challenged after that. He crossed the finish line at Kapiolani
Park in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 47 seconds, just missing Hussein's
race record of 2:11:43 set in 1986.
that point (when Naali broke away), there was a strong head
wind and I thought he was going to come back to me," said
Hussein, who held off Gidamis Shahanga, another Tanzanian,
for second, 2:14:02 to 2:14:05.
more Tanzanians, Suleiman Nyambui (fourth in 2:15:47) and
Agapius Masong (fifth in 2:16:40) made it an African sweep
of the five prize-money places.
women's race was won by 37-year-old Carla Beurskens of the
Netherlands in 2:31:50, less than a minute short of her
race record of 2:31:01 in 1986. It was her fourth Honolulu
Marathon championship, tying her with Patti Lyons Catalano
for the most victories in the race.
Ettle of Minneapolis, Minn. took second (2:43:54), followed
by Weather Tolford of Tillamook, Ore. (2:44:35).
10,000 runners began the race in front of Aloha Tower at
5:30 a.m. Although it was not as cool as it was in 1986
when Hussein set the record, the humidity did not even seem
high and most runners were thankful that conditions did
not resemble those of Saturday morning when heavy rains
from the Honolulu Advertiser, Monday, December 11, 1989)
17th Annual Honolulu Marathon was held
Sunday, December 10, 1989.