Kenyans Wilson Chebet, Joyce Chepkirui win Honolulu Marathon


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HONOLULU — Wilson Chebet of Kenya won his debut in the Honolulu Marathon on Sunday after pulling away from a pack of runners in the final miles of the rain-soaked course.

Chebet's time was 2 hours, 15 minutes and 35 seconds.

He smiled when asked about dealing with the rain, but described the conditions as "terrible from the start." Travel problems resulted in Chebet, the runner-up in this year's Boston Marathon, arriving in Hawaii on Friday.

Paul Lonyangata of Kenya was second in 2:16:04. Geb Abraha of Ethiopia was third in 2:16:27.

Kenyan Joyce Chepkirui won the women's race in 2:30:23. Chepkirui, the first woman from Kenya to win the Honolulu Marathon, took control of her race about midway through, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ( ).

Chepkirui was followed by Lisa Nemec of Croatia, who finished in 2:31:35. Isabella Ochichi from Kenya was third in 2:32:22.

More than 20,000 runners started the race.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser,

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