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Kenya's Chelimo returns to Honolulu's 38th marathon

By Chance Gusukuma

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The man they call the "King" back in Kenya patiently bided his time and then imposed his will on a strong field to win the 38th Honolulu Marathon going away.

Using his experience from last year's runner-up finish to maximum advantage, Nicholas Chelimo outthought and then outran his compatriots in the 26.2-mile race yesterday in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 28 seconds. Fellow Kenyan Richard Limo finished a distant second in 2:17:18, and Solomon Bushendich placed third (2:19:54).

A year after finishing second to Patrick Ivuti, the 27-year-old Chelimo earned the champion's laurels and first-place prize of $40,000 plus a $1,000 time bonus. His victory capped a year during which he also won the Nagano Marathon in Japan and fell a stride short of another win two months ago at the Eindhoven (The Netherlands) Marathon.

"I am very happy to return (to Honolulu for) my victory," a smiling Chelimo said after the race.

In stark contrast to last year's scintillating start, this year's elite men seemed to sleepwalk through the early-morning downtown darkness. The slow start included cautious 5:26, 5:23 and 5:25 miles, and the lead pack of eight Kenyans and Nicholas Stanko, of Haslett, Mich., passed the 10K mark (6.2 miles) at a pedestrian 32:56 pace.

After 7 miles, the lead group shrank to six — Gilbert Kirwa, Chelimo, Richard Limo, Solomon Bushendich, six-time Honolulu champion Jimmy Muindi and Patrick Makau, a two-time winner this year in Rotterdam and Berlin and owner of the year's fastest marathon time (2:04:48). But the men didn't turn in their first sub-5-minute mile (4:59) until they had tepidly trotted through 9 miles.

"The pace, I think, went a little bit fast and slow, fast and slow, fast and slow, so it was very ... tactical," Chelimo said.

As they ran, the Kenyan contingent, including Chelimo, talked tactics, mindful that a fast first half might take its toll in the second half of the race.

"Last year, I experienced if you run very fast (early)," maybe it will be very terrible (later)," Chelimo explained after the race.

"Nicholas had a big advantage, obviously, by running here last year," said Zane Branson, Chelimo's agent. "You just learn to respect the course, because it's a course that needs respect."

While Makau mostly hung back, Kirwa and Limo took turns pushing the pace, Kirwa often forging a few steps ahead as the six men ran up and around Diamond Head and down Kilauea Avenue.

As expected, nominal pacesetter Makau stepped off the course just after the 11-mile mark. Muindi dropped back soon afterward as the lead pack of four passed Ainakoa Avenue in Waialae and headed out into a slight headwind to Hawaii Kai.

Kirwa and Limo picked up speed as the lead pack of four hit the half-marathon mark in 1:07:40, more than 3 minutes off last year's pace.

Though the storm system that drenched the islands earlier this week gave way to dry 69-degree race day conditions, weather still turned out to be a big wild-card factor. The profuse perspiration dripping off the leaders hinted at the humidity pushing 96 percent.

"You could see how much they were sweating, and how much they were suffering, too," said Branson.

Entering Hawaii Kai, Limo made some tentative spurts to test the others, but the leaders mostly shared the work — sometimes almost single file, sometimes four abreast — as they looped around Hawaii Kai and headed back onto Kalanianaole. Kirwa made a final try to take the lead but both he and Bushendich fell back by the 21-mile mark.

Chelimo made his move at 22 miles, first once, then twice with a big surge, and suddenly the race was done. Limo could not answer his countryman's attack, and the blue-clad Chelimo finished strong and steady over the punishing final 3-mile stretch along Kahala Avenue and up and around Diamond Head.

"It was difficult for me," said Limo. "This was my first time in Honolulu. I didn't know the course."

"It was a long run and a short race," said Toni Reavis, who provided radio commentary from the men's pace truck. "Not a long race which might've drained (Chelimo)."

"Given the conditions he was facing (and) the field he was facing, he played his cards just right and was rewarded for that."

"It's a big advantage, the course knowledge, not only knowing the terrain and also the landmarks and dealing with the heat," added Dr. Jim Barahal, Honolulu Marathon Association president.

The win was another big step in the slow but steady rise for Chelimo, who Branson concedes he took the Kenyan on as a client only at the recommendation of Muindi.

It was former marathon world-record holder Paul Tergat who first spotted the potential in Chelimo and who dubbed him with his regal nickname.

"Maybe (Tergat) saw the future of Nicholas," says Branson. "It was kind of a joke, but it stuck with him. I go and talk to guys (Nicholas's hometown) in Ngong and say, 'Have you seen Nicholas Chelimo?' and they don't know who I'm talking about, and I say, 'King,' and everybody knows (him)."

 

TOP 5

By Age Group
Name Age Time
Men 15-19
1. Takaki Omuro 18 2:36:05
2. Shohei Hayakawa 18 2:37:40
3. Hikaru Kato 18 2:47:35
4. Katsuya Takahashi 18 2:49:10
5. Masafumi Chiba 18 3:00:31
Men 20-24
1. Kenichiro Koide 22 2:33:29
2. Masayuki Miwa 24 2:34:50
3. Matthew Gulden 23 2:50:28
4. Kevin Enriques 22 2:53:58
5. Junya Iwakawa 20 2:54:10
Men 25-29
1. Koji Tanaka 26 2:49:33
2. Yoshiyasu Nishimura 28 2:53:02
3. Jorge Cruz 28 2:59:54
4. Daisuke Tsuihiji 28 3:00:27
5. Kyle Geiken 25 3:00:55
Men 30-34
1. Koji Hiruta 32 2:47:58
2. Ian Sharman 30 2:53:00
3. Jason Braswell 32 2:55:03
4. Hidenori Yajima 31 2:55:12
5. Matt Stevens 32 2:57:05
Men 35-39
1. Makoto Ogura 37 2:30:20
2. Tomoyuki Ota 36 2:41:27
3. Atsushi Hasegawa 35 2:44:26
4. Takayuki Ogawa 39 2:50:04
5. David Easa 36 2:51:37
Men 40-44
1. Mitsuru Shinohara 43 2:45:11
2. Yasuto Kimura 43 2:49:06
3. Peter Boksanski 41 2:53:05
4. Mike Kramer 42 2:54:23
5. Alan Ryan 40 2:56:14
Men 45-49
1. Marty Muchow 45 2:49:13
2. Kazuyoshi Takada 46 2:54:58
3. Hiroshi Onuki 46 2:56:50
4. David Anderson 46 2:58:27
5. Mark Geoghegan 47 2:58:27
Men 50-54
1. Akihiro Nakamura 50 2:55:00
2. Akihiko Futaki 51 2:59:04
3. Gianfranco Maserati 51 3:02:40
4. Kazuhiko Maeo 51 3:05:27
5. Tetsutomo Iizuka 51 3:07:25
Men 55-59
1. Yukihiro Nakamoto 55 3:05:37
2. Michael Georgi 58 3:10:22
3. Mark Bradbury 56 3:12:49
4. Isao Magara 56 3:14:32
5. Naonori Yamada 56 3:24:44
Men 60-64
1. Akira Hoshio 63 3:02:24
2. Akira Ito 62 3:18:08
3. Kiyomitsu Nishida 60 3:19:47
4. Akira Suzuki 61 3:23:47
5. Katsuji Morita 63 3:28:59
Men 65-69
1. Michael Schoene 65 3:20:34
2. Kazuo Ito 65 3:28:31
3. Takeshi Kamito 68 3:37:54
4. Hideo Katsube 65 3:42:30
5. Tadao Nakayama 67 3:45:46
Men 70-74
1. Takayuki Chono 70 3:46:05
2. Chisao Kakinoki 70 4:02:48
3. Takeyoshi Ehara 70 4:05:14
4. Kohei Terada 73 4:14:21
5. Toshikuni Sekiguchi 71 4:21:02
Men 75-79
1. Kiyoharu Maehara 77 3:49:48
2. Hiroo Sugeno 75 4:30:11
3. Yasuto Fukuzawa 75 4:52:51
4. Kit Smith 76 4:58:58
5. Teruo Matsuda 75 5:08:01
Men 80-84
1. Norio Sakurai 80 5:25:14
2. Shoichi Sato 80 6:04:27
3. Manfred Tjaben 81 6:16:56
4. Shuhei Sugiura 80 7:12:44
5. Ben Eligio Sr. 82 7:39:21
Men 85-89
1. Takayuki Furukawa 85 6:13:06
2. Tadao Ikari 85 7:52:39
3. Lyle Nelson 86 8:07:20
4. Robert Henninger 85 8:47:15
5. Otto Horn 85 9:41:26
Men 90-94
1. Takeo Goto 90 9:22:43

 

TOP 250 MEN

  Name Time
1. Nicholas Chelimo 2:15:18
2. Richard Limo 2:17:18
3. Solomon Bushendich 2:19:54
4. Gibert Kirwa 2:20:58
5. Jimmy Muindi 2:22:34
6. Mbarak Hussein 2:22:36
7. Nicholas Stanko 2:27:25
8. Makoto Ogura 2:30:20
9. Kenichiro Koide 2:33:29
10. Masayuki Miwa 2:34:51
11. Takaki Omuro 2:36:06
12. Shohei Hayakawa 2:37:40
13. Tomoyuki Ota 2:41:28
14. Atsushi Hasegawa 2:44:26
15. Mitsuru Shinohara 2:45:11
16. Hikaru Kato 2:47:36
17. Koji Hiruta 2:47:59
18. Yasuto Kimura 2:49:06
19. Katsuya Takahashi 2:49:10
20. Marty Muchow 2:49:13
21. Koji Tanaka 2:49:33
22. Takayuki Ogawa 2:50:05
23. Matthew Gulden 2:50:28
24. David Easa 2:51:37
25. Karsten Brown 2:52:03
26. Ian Sharman 2:53:01
27. Yoshiyasu Nishimura 2:53:03
28. Peter Boksanski 2:53:06
29. Kevin Enriques 2:53:58
30. Junya Iwakawa 2:54:10
31. Mike Kramer 2:54:23
32. Kazuyoshi Takada 2:54:58
33. Akihiro Nakamura 2:55:00
34. Jason Braswell 2:55:04
35. Hidenori Yajima 2:55:12
36. Mark Mench 2:55:30
37. Trevor Johannsen 2:56:08
38. Shinichi Hayashi 2:56:11
39. Katsutoshi Saijo 2:56:12
40. Alan Ryan 2:56:14
41. Hiroshi Onuki 2:56:50
42. Matt Stevens 2:57:06
43. Takahiro Oue 2:58:06
44. David Anderson 2:58:27
45. Mark Geoghegan 2:58:28
46. Christopher Evans 2:58:47
47. Akihiko Futaki 2:59:04
48. Kazuya Koriyama 2:59:32
49. Kenichi Hongo 2:59:36
50. Rafael Rodrguez 2:59:38
51. Koichiro Inoue 2:59:40
52. Jun Tashiro 2:59:53
53. Norihiko Watanabe 2:59:53
54. Jorge Cruz 2:59:55
55. Shawn Dodge 3:00:03
56. Daisuke Tsuihiji 3:00:27
57. Kazuyuki Aonuma 3:00:28
58. Masafumi Chiba 3:00:32
59. Kyle Geiken 3:00:56
60. Jason Florimonte 3:01:15
61. Hidetsugu Kamada 3:01:35
62. Mike Ferreira 3:01:45
63. Ryuji Ishitani 3:02:15
64. Kenji Sakaguchi 3:02:20
65. Akira Hoshio 3:02:24
66. Masahiko Nagasaka 3:02:28
67. John Mannle 3:02:31
68. Gianfranco Maserati 3:02:40
69. Shunya Fujimura 3:02:58
70. Yohei Okui 3:03:06
71. Shankar Tillotson 3:03:55
72. Yasuhiko Mizukami 3:04:01
73. Hirokazu Toiya 3:04:03
74. Kentaro Masuda 3:04:07
75. Shinji Ohata 3:04:19
76. Masanobu Nakazawa 3:04:19
77. Hayato Date 3:04:24
78. Ralph Schultz 3:05:04
79. Johan Soederqvist 3:05:04
80. Kazuhiko Maeo 3:05:28
81. Aiko Tanaka 3:05:34
82. Yukihiro Nakamoto 3:05:37
83. Joel Ffolkes-St Helene 3:06:38
84. Paul Hopwood 3:06:38
85. Junji Dobashi 3:07:04
86. Seppo Rinne 3:07:04
87. Karl Honma 3:07:06
88. Amit Bhavsar 3:07:24
89. Tetsutomo Iizuka 3:07:25
90. Cameron Hoffer 3:07:47
91. Douglas Stevenson 3:07:54
92. Adam Morris 3:07:57
93. Takeshi Nomura 3:08:07
94. Thomas Bazemore 3:08:07
95. Michael Walker 3:08:51
96. Shigeki Yasuda 3:08:56
97. Masatoshi Sugimori 3:09:10
98. Hiroshi Handa 3:09:16
99. Shinji Sato 3:09:21
100. Wataru Mori 3:09:31
101. Masakazu Tani 3:09:34
102. Masahiro Kikuchi 3:09:37
103. Aaron Wallen 3:09:37
104. Yoshihisa Kanayama 3:10:03
105. Luc Laurent 3:10:08
106. Norito Nakajima 3:10:09
107. Michael Georgi 3:10:23
108. Mark Ott 3:10:24
109. David Moreno 3:10:31
110. Hubert Hollerer 3:10:37
111. Victor Pak 3:10:37
112. Yoshiyuki Takayanagi 3:10:59
113. Kazuo Yoshimoto 3:11:03
114. Toshiya Shimizu 3:11:10
115. Shota Shima 3:11:21
116. Masaki Kawanabe 3:11:24
117. Takatoshi Iwata 3:11:29
118. Tomohiro Kurose 3:11:36
119. Anders Stribolt 3:11:46
120. Lyman Perry 3:11:47
121. Tsutomu Kashiwagi 3:11:53
122. Michael Stinson 3:11:58
123. Yoshihisa Shimada 3:12:01
124. Shoji Fuse 3:12:17
125. Noriyuki Otsuka 3:12:22
126. Hideshi Matsuda 3:12:29
127. Timothy Wagley 3:12:34
128. Borys Pleskacz 3:12:36
129. Marco Bondielli 3:12:38
130. Mark Bradbury 3:12:49
131. Eric Maraffi 3:13:28
132. Masaaki Iwasaki 3:13:28
133. William Penny 3:13:31
134. Herman Rafol 3:13:41
135. Alexander Graf 3:13:42
136. Kimio Matoba 3:13:44
137. William Gardner 3:13:47
138. Albert Su 3:13:57
139. Takashi Watanabe 3:14:00
140. Masahiro Hashimoto 3:14:11
141. Hiroyuki Aoyama 3:14:14
142. Minoru Nishizaki 3:14:17
143. Yohihide Fukuhara 3:14:18
144. Shinichi Kakinuma 3:14:18
145. Jeff Haring 3:14:25
146. Noriaki Nawa 3:14:26
147. Yosuke Higuchi 3:14:26
148. Isao Magara 3:14:33
149. Katsuhisa Yamagami 3:14:37
150. Valentine Roberts 3:15:05
151. Tetsushi Narui 3:15:26
152. Satoshi Miyagawa 3:15:29
153. Masayuki Katayama 3:15:42
154. Kazuhiko Masuzawa 3:15:48
155. Keisuke Iwaki 3:15:56
156. Perry Tsuruoka 3:16:07
157. Satoshi Namiki 3:16:09
158. Mauricio Camara 3:16:20
159. Daniel Lennox 3:16:22
160. Ryan Kerwin 3:16:25
161. Shinichi Yokoyabu 3:16:33
162. Katsuji Masuda 3:16:36
163. Motohiro Aoki 3:16:37
164. Jeff Roth 3:16:54
165. Eisuke Okajima 3:17:01
166. Daichi Fukumi 3:17:05
167. Hiromasa Inoue 3:17:16
168. Akira Ito 3:18:09
169. Antonio Hernandez 3:18:29
170. Toshio Hashimoto 3:18:36
171. Thomas Zwilling 3:18:49
172. Shawn Hirose 3:18:53
173. Peter Hunt 3:18:54
174. Craig Powers 3:18:55
175. Bill Dieter 3:19:01
176. Makoto Chigira 3:19:08
177. Stefan Drexl 3:19:09
178. Reed Okamura 3:19:14
179. Jeffrey Young 3:19:28
180. Frank Lange 3:19:47
181. Kiyomitsu Nishida 3:19:47
182. Kazuya Shiraishi 3:19:50
183. Shintaro Saito 3:19:51
184. Takehiro Sonohara 3:19:59
185. Johnny Landeza 3:20:12
186. Kazuhiro Sugimoto 3:20:13
187. Jeremy McCallum 3:20:19
188. Yoshihiro Nishimura 3:20:24
189. Michael Schoene 3:20:34
190. Takeaki Shimohira 3:20:39
191. Allan Harman 3:20:58
192. Heikki M Kinen 3:21:02
193. Taiki Hayashi 3:21:04
194. Shigezo Suzuki 3:21:26
195. Toshihisa Nakamura 3:21:28
196. Daisuke Nozawa 3:21:41
197. Hideo Shimizu 3:21:44
198. Kazunori Uchida 3:21:46
199. Shimpei Kawashima 3:21:48
200. Ted Mura 3:21:49
201. Mitsuhiko Ikeda 3:21:51
202. Atsushi Yamaguchi 3:21:56
203. Melyn Vigilla 3:21:57
204. Frederick Cummings 3:22:03
205. John Bower 3:22:11
206. Felipe Rael 3:22:21
207. Giuseppe Sorce 3:22:26
208. Ryan Ogliore 3:22:36
209. Matthew Myers 3:22:36
210. Gian Luca Fogliato 3:22:38
211. Yoshihiro Okuno 3:22:44
212. Minoru Takahashi 3:22:48
213. Toshihisa Aoki 3:22:49
214. Shinjiro Saitoh 3:22:56
215. Heikki Vauhkonen 3:23:06
216. Roberto Wharton 3:23:08
217. Craig Knohl 3:23:12
218. Kensuke Yamaguchi 3:23:13
219. Shinji Nakashima 3:23:34
220. Sergio Quaresma 3:23:37
221. Paul Roman 3:23:39
222. Katsuo Kobayashi 3:23:43
223. Akira Suzuki 3:23:48
224. Kevin Murphy 3:23:51
225. Takaaki Tonosaki 3:23:52
226. Shawn Sullivan 3:24:04
227. Dom Khoo 3:24:35
228. Brett Jacobson 3:24:37
229. Naonori Yamada 3:24:44
230. Daisaku Nemoto 3:24:45
231. Hiroyuki Haruyama 3:24:53
232. William Turner 3:24:53
233. Yoshiharu Watanabe 3:24:56
234. Dave Horsfield 3:25:01
235. Jari Pitk Koski 3:25:13
236. G Ran Karnf Lt 3:25:15
237. Bob Frazier 3:25:16
238. Jorge Cuadros 3:25:16
239. Neal Colodner 3:25:31
240. Alan Tsuhako 3:25:31
241. Edwin Quan 3:25:31
242. Mark Shorter 3:25:32
243. Sean Ouimet 3:25:39
244. Soichi Koyago 3:25:41
245. Kengo Nishiguchi 3:25:42
246. Shinji Fukuro 3:25:47
247. Brian Denaro 3:26:02
248. Simo Kuosa 3:26:13
249. Jon Jokiel 3:26:16
250. Tsuyoshi Kotake 3:26:17

 





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