|Patrick IVUTI||Kiyoko SHIMAHARA|
Ivuti of Kenya won in 2:14:35, beating fellow Kenyan Stephen Njorge-Kinyanjui by more than three minutes.
Ivuti, the 2007 Chicago Marathon winner, broke from a pack of Kenyans about halfway through the course. He is the brother-in-law of six-time Honolulu champion Jimmy Muindi who finished 5th in 2:21:43.
On a day when President-elect Barack Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng was an official race co-starter, Kenyans swept the top five spots in the men's race.
Shimahara became only the second Japanese citizen to win at the Honolulu Marathon in either the women's or men's races. She won in 2:32:36, beating her running club (Second Wind AC) teammate, Kaori Yoshida, by 2 minutes.
Shimahara, bothered by an unsettled stomach, stayed with Kenya's Alice Timbilili who ran a determined race. Timbilili gained about a 10-meter lead near the 17-mile mark but Shimahara erased it. By mile 21 Shimahara began to pull away.
Eri Hayakawa was the only other Japanese citizen to win at Honolulu, clocking 2:31:56 in 2003. She finished a distant 11th this day in 3:07:39.
10 Male Finishers
- Patrick Ivuti, 30, Ken, 02:14:35
- Stephen Njoroge-Kinyanjui, 29, Ken, 02:17:41
- Pius Muasa-Mutuku, 23, Ken, 02:17:51
- Joseph Mutiso-Wambua, 35, Ken, 02:19:38
- Jimmy Muindi, 35, Ken, 02:21:43
- Andrew Letherby, 35, Aus, 02:25:32
- Koichi Fujino, 37, Jpn, 02:27:56
- Samuel Mwangi-Gichohi, 25, Ken, 02:28:09
- Shuichi Ito, 33, Jpn, 02:29:55
- Hailu Nigussie, 29, Eth, 02:30:32
10 Female Finishers
- Kiyoko Shimahara, 31, Jpn, 02:32:36
- Kaori Yoshida, 27, Jpn, 02:34:35
- Alice Timbilili, 25, Ken, 02:37:31
- Olesya Nurgalieva, 32, Rus, 02:39:13
- Alevtina Biktimirova, 26, Rus, 02:45:06
- Elena Nurgalieva, 32, Rus, 02:48:15
- Sayaka Maeda, 22, Jpn, 02:54:55
- Megumi Oshima, 33, Jpn, 02:57:44
- Yumiko Daigo, 37, Jpn, 03:01:03
- Takako Oi, 44, Jpn, 03:04:00