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Chepkwony, Kiros win Honolulu Marathon

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    Kenyan Gilbert Chepkwony broke from a tightly clustered lead pack of seven runners with an aggressive sprint at Mile 22 to win the 2013 Honolulu Marathon in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 46 seconds.
    Ehitu Kiros of Ethiopia put on a surge at the 24-mile mark at the start of the Diamond Head hill and won a closely fought victory in the women's race of Sunday's Honolulu Marathon. Her time in the slow-paced women's competition was two hours, 36 minutes and two seconds.

Gilbert Chepkwony of Kenya won the Honolulu Marathon Sunday in a non-record time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 47 seconds.

Chepkwony out dueled two-time winner Nicholas Chelimo, also of Kenya, down the stretch. Chelimo crossed the line in 2:19:38.

Saeki Makino of Japan held a sizable lead most of the way, but faded after 22 miles and was overtaken by a pack of elite professional runners including Chepwoni and Chelimo. Makino fell back and finished 16th.

Ehitu Kiros of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 2:36:02, out kicking countrywoman Woynishet Girma who finished eight seconds later.

Defending champion Valentina Galimova was third in 2:36:13.

Nathan Carlson was the first local men’s finisher in 2:45:39 and Polina Babkina the first local woman in 2:46:40.

A total of 22,599 entrants started the 26.2 mile race, out of 30,568 entries for the 41st annual event.

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