Titus Ekiru, Vivian Kiplagat tops at Honolulu marathon

Reigning Mexico City Marathon champion Titus Ekiru and Vivian Kiplagat led Kenyan runners to podium positions at the Honolulu marathon ran today in USA.

Vivian Kiplagat winning the Honolulu marathon. Photo Courtesy Star Advertisers 

Ekiru ran with a second fastest time in the history of the event timing 2:09.01 to lead compatriot Reuben Kiprop to second in 2:12.59 before Vincent Yator completing the podium timing 2:15.31.

Last year, Ekiru was fourth in his Honolulu Marathon debut and Lawrence Cherono won in a record time of 2:08:27.

The 24 won back his title he won in following his victories at the Ciudad de Mexico Marathon in 2:10:38. Ekiru was also first in the San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon, posting a personal best 1:01:02 for 13.1 miles.

After withdrawal of world half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei,  Kiplagat won the women’s race timing  2:36:22 ahead of another Kenyan Sheila Jerotich in second in 2:42:09 as Japanese Eri Suzuki in 2:47.53.

Kiplagat, 27, won her fourth of five international competitions in 2018, including the Buenos Aires Marathon where she was first in 2:29.03.

This is the fifth year in a row where Kenyans have won both the men’s and women’s marathons at Honolulu.

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