wins a tight race
26 miles, it was the closest race in Honolulu Marathon history.
a sizzling sibling rivalry, 24-year-old Simon Robert Naali
and his 21-year-old brother, Thomas Robert, waged a relentless
duel yesterday that began at Honolulu Harbor before daybreak
and endured through some of the most punishing winds the
race has ever seen.
Robert, a police sergeant no criminal would escape from
on foot, survived an intense challenge from his younger
brother by surging dramatically in the last 500 yards to
win the race for the second year in a row, in two hours,
17 minutes, 29 seconds.
Naali brothers, from Tanzania, finished 34 seconds apart
in their third 1-2 finish of the year in an international
race. Meanwhile, an unknown 24-year-old accounting firm
employee from Kyoto, Masaki Oya, came in third (2:20:22)
to become the first Japanese man to win prize money in the
Carla Beurskens became the first runner to win five Honolulu
Marathons yesterday when she overcame battering winds and
a surprisingly strong Japanese opponent in 2:33:34.
was the closest of all the 38-year-old Beursken's Honolulu
victories as she fended off Japan's Misako Miyahara, 10
years her junior, by one minute and 19 seconds. The finishes
by Beurskens and Miyahara (2:34:51) were the fourth and
fifth fastest on record for the women's division here.
was a wonder that the Naali brothers managed to complete
their odyssey in under 2:20:00. The pair charged from an
opening swarm of 13,000 starters at Aloha Tower into the
teeth of a head wind that seemed to grow more vicious with
every stride they took toward Waikiki. It was hard to tell
the temperatures were in the low 70s.
from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Monday, December 10,
18th Annual Honolulu Marathon was held
Sunday, December 9, 1990.