Ethopia’s Tolossa wins second straight Honolulu Marathon

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The Associated Press / December 10, 2007

HONOLULU: Ethopia’s Ambesse Tolossa won the Honolulu Marathon for the second straight year, holding off five-time winner Jimmy Muindi on Sunday. (more…)

The Associated Press / December 10, 2007

HONOLULU: Ethopia’s Ambesse Tolossa won the Honolulu Marathon for the second straight year, holding off five-time winner Jimmy Muindi on Sunday.

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

Muindi, the 1999, 2000, ’03, ’04, ’05 winner, was second for the second straight year. The Kenyan 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.

Tolossa and Biktimirova each earned $40,000.

Betty Jean McHugh set a world record for the 80-85 age group. The 80-year-old McHugh’s time of 5:06:34 eclipsed the previous record of 5:10:04 set by Ida Mingz at the 1985 Chicago Marathon. The retired nurse from North Vancouver, British Columbia, set a record for the 75-79 age group in the 2002 Honolulu Marathon.
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