Kenya * 2:12:17
Russia * 2:33:14
Kimaiyo & Vasilieva Win 25th
described the men's and women's races in yesterday's 25th
28-year-old Eric Kimaiyo capped off his brilliant year of
marathoning with a surprising breakaway on the second most
elevated part of the course to win for the second straight
year. His time in the 26.2-mile race -- 2 hours, 12 minutes
and 17 seconds -- on a cool 66-degree day was the fastest
was one minute and 16 seconds faster than his 1996 time
and was the fastest since the course was altered in 1992.
made the critical move to break away from his closest challenger,
countryman Jimmy Muindi, when least expected. Approaching
Mile 24 near Triangle Park, where the course rises from
10 to 100 feet above sea level at Diamond Head Lookout,
he accelerated to complete the next mile in 4 minutes and
40 seconds. Muindi said he experienced stomach trouble and
was unable to respond to Kimaiyo's unusually strong uphill
the women's race, 27-year-old Russian Svetlana Vasilieva
improved on last year's runner-up performance to win at
2:33:14. Irina Bogacheva of Kyrghiztan (located between
Kazakstan and northwestern China), the leader for three-quarters
of the race, accused Vasilieva of getting physical with
her late in the race.
was the second time in a row a Russian woman has won the
race. Rumila Burangulova won last year in 2:34:28. Kimaiyo's
win was the eighth by a Kenyan man at Honolulu.
skies with no winds and a sprinkle of rain in some areas
-- ideal conditions for a marathon -- welcomed the 33,682
entrants. There were 26,495 finishers in the event, making
Honolulu the third largest marathon in the world this year
behind New York City and London.
from the Honolulu
Star-Bulletin, Monday, December 15, 1997)
25th Annual Honolulu Marathon was held
Sunday, December 14, 1997.
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