Africa * 2:16:08
Africa * 2:37:29
the long run, South
miles into the 23rd annual Honolulu Marathon yesterday morning,
Josiah Thungwane of South Africa put on a bold - but seemingly
mad and suicidal - sprint.
Thungwane wasn't suicidal. He was just hungry. The thought
of scoring his first major international victory and winning
$20,000 or more had whetted the appetite of the 25-year-old
coal mine worker.
2 hours, 16 minutes, 8 seconds yesterday, Thungwane won
as much money as he earns in the coal mines in about four
it was two-plus hours of arduous toil. Numerous times over
the final four miles, the diminutive South African had to
dig deep and fight off the challenges of defending champion
and three-time winner Benson Masya of Kenya.
the two matched strides while leaving Diamond Head and entering
Kapiolani Park, Thungwane pushed ahead slightly. It did
come down to the final 200 meters ... then the final 100
meters ... then the final 50 meters. Thungwane dug deep,
floored the accelerator, and got the jump. Masya could not
respond. In fact, he slowed to a trot and crossed the finish
line 11 seconds behind Thungwane.
De Reuck made it a banner day for South Africa as she captured
the women's race, finishing 27th overall in 2:37:29. She
was followed by Veronica Kanga of Kenya at 2:39:35. Defending
champion and eight-time winner Carla Beurskens finished
third, nearly five minutes behind De Reuck, ending her incredible
streak of eight victories in 10 years. It was the first
time Beurskens entered the Honolulu Marathon and did not
was the hottest Honolulu Marathon in history - a muggy 88
degrees - and the largest. More than 27,000 runners finished
the race surpassing New York City as world's largest marathon
from the Honolulu Advertiser, Monday, December 11, 1995)
23rd Annual Honolulu Marathon was held
Sunday, December 10, 1995.