NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – Patrick Ivuti spearheaded a Kenyan clean sweep of the podium at the Honolulu marathon early Monday morning.
Ivuti won the marathon in a time of 2:14:13 ahead of Stephen Kinyanjui who came second in 2:17:41 followed by Pius Mutuku in third place who posted a time of 2:17:51.
Kenya’s Alice Timbilili who sat out last month’s New York marathon with a thigh injury finished third in the women’s event in a time of 2:37:31 five minutes behind winner Kiyoko Shimahara of Japan who clocked 2:32:36.
For Ivuti, whose participation in this year’s edition of the Chicago Marathon was also curtailed by injury, it was a special feeling despite the treacherous conditions.
"I’ve never run in rainy conditions before," said Ivuti who has a marathon personal best of 2:07:46.
"I’ve run in hot conditions before but not like what I experienced today," added Ivuti who was a late entrant to the event which he was taking part in for the first time and competing with his brother in law and six time champion Jimmy Muindi.
Muindi was still in the lead pack as the leaders hit half-way in 66:06, water splashing with every stride.
Ivuti decided the time was right to break up the race, and he and Gichohi broke from the pack.
For a short time, Joseph Mutiso Wambua was able to follow, but he, like Muindi, quickly fell back. Gichohi stayed with Ivuti until 27 km, before falling off the pace.
Despite slowing in the final kilometres, Ivuti’s lead was never threatened as he cruised into the long homestretch in Kapiolani Park to win by more than three minutes and collecting a Sh3.27 million pay cheque including time bonuses.
1. Patrick Ivuti, KEN, 2:14:35
2. Stephen Njoroge Kinyanjui, KEN, 2:17:41
3. Pius Muasa Mutuku, KEN, 2:17:51
4. Joseph Mutiso Wambua, KEN, 2:19:38
5. Jimmy Muindi, KEN, 2:21:43
6. Andrew Letherby, AUS, 2:25:32
1. Kiyoko Shimahara, JPN, 2:32:36
2. Kaori Yoshida, JPN, 2:34:35
3. Alice Timbilili, KEN, 2:37:31
4. Olesya Nurgalieva, RUS, 2:39:13
5. Alevtina Biktimirova, RUS, 2:45:06
6. Elena Nurgalieva, RUS, 2:48:15
7. Sayaka Maeda, JPN, 2:54:55
8. Megumi Oshima, JPN, 2:57:44