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Ekiru, Muriuki win Honolulu marathon titles

Kenya’s Titus Ekiru and Margaret Muriuki were the winners of the 2019 Honolulu marathon winners in a marathon dominated by Kenyans, taking top positions.

Ekiru defended his title leading top five Kenyans in 1-2-3-4-5 positions when he timed 2:07.57, bringing down the course record that was held by two-time winner Lawrence Cherono in 2017 at 2:08.27.

The 27-year-old runner led former winner Wilson Chebet to second position in 2:13:13 as compatriot Edwin Koech (2:14:19) completing the Kenyan sweep.

As men took the top five positions, Margaret Muriuki Wangare led a 1-2 podium with Betsy Saina in second place.

The  33-year-old Muriuki won on her marathon debut cut the tape in 2:31:09 ahead of Kenyan, US-based Saina in 2:31:51.

Top Honolulu marathon results

Men:

1. Titus Ekiru (Kenya) 2:07:59

2. Wilson Chebet (Kenya) 2:13:13

3. Edwin Koech (Kenya) 2:14:19

4. Mike Cheshire (Kenya) 2:16:30

5. Jackson Limo (Kenya) 2:17:09

6. Osako Suguru (Japan) 2:17:29

7. Takuya Fukatsu (Japan) 2:19:00

8. Shinya Ohashi (Japan) 2:23:54

9. Taku Harada (Japan) 2:30:32

10. Takaaki Awata (Japan) 2:34:23

Women:

1. Margaret Wangare Muriuki (Kenya) 2:31:10

2. Betsy Saina (Kenya) 2:31:51

3. Renee Metivier (USA) 2:43:17

4. Miharu Shimokado (Japan) 2:45:22

5. Kaoru Nagao (Japan) 2:52:55

6. Eri Oda (Japan) 2:55:39

7. Polina Carlson (USA) 2:57:37

8. Rosanna Breslin (USA) 3:04:49

9. Bree Brown (USA) 3:07:47

9. Akiko Patterson (USA) 3:09:14

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