Posted by: Joe English | December 9, 2007

Races: Tolossa and Biktimirova win Honolulu Marathon 2007

Ethiopia’s Ambesse Tolossa won the Honolulu Marathon for the second straight year, holding off five-time winner Jimmy Muindi of Kenya on Sunday. The marathon was run under rainy conditions that produced puddles on the course at time.

Tolossa wins Honolulu Marathon

The 30-year-old Tolossa finished in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 26 seconds, nearly 4 minutes slower than last year’s time. He trailed for most of the race until Muindi fell back at about the 32-kilometer (20-mile) mark.

In addition to winning the 2007 Honolulu Marathon, Tolossa won the 2006 Rock N Roll Marathon in San Diego in 2:10:08. Muindi, the champion in 1999, 2000, and 2003-05, was the runner-up for the second straight year. He finished in 2:18:53.

Russia’s Alevtina Biktimirova won the women’s race in 2:33:06, beating Japan’s Akemi-Isige Ozaki by more than a minute.

Biktimirova outran Ozaki, who was running her second marathon in just three weeks. Ozaki was entered in the race primarily to pace her teammate Kaori Yoshida, but decided to stay in the race and try for the win. Ozaki led the race until Biktimirova took the lead after the 30K mark. Ozaki finished in 2:34:22. Yoshida finished fourth in 2:43:21.

Tolossa and Biktimirova each took home $40,000 for their wins.

The marathon had 27,829 entrants this year, with more than half the field from Japan. Early pre-registration numbers as of Friday had 27,394 runners registered for the 26.2-mile event, including 16,784 from Japan, 7,997 from Hawaii, 2,033 from the Mainland and 780 from foreign countries other than Japan.

Nearly 13,000 runners were attempting their first marathon. In 2006 year, 28,637 people entered the race and 24,575 completed it. In 2005, 28,048 entered and 24,295 finished.

Men’s Race Winners
1. Ambesse Tolosa, ETH, 2:17:26
2. Jimmy Muindi, KEN, 2:18:53
3. Eric Nzioki, KEN, 2:21:32
4. Boniface Mbuvi, KEN, 2:22:59
5. Aleksey Aleksandrov, RUS, 2:24:36

Women’s Race Winners
1. Alevtina Biktimirova, RUS, 2:33:07
2. Akemi Ozaki, JPN, 2:34:22
3. Tatiana Petrova, RUS, 2:35:56
4. Kaori Yoshida, JPN, 2:42:21
5. Mina Ogawa, JPN, 2:47:32

For complete indivudual results, visit the Honolulu Marathon web-site, by clicking here.

Coach Joe English, Portland Oregon USA


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