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Kimaiyo Wins Honolulu Marathon

December 14, 1997

HONOLULU (AP) _ Eric Kimaiyo of Kenya won the Honolulu Marathon for the second straight year on Sunday, and Svetlana Vasilieva of Russia captured the women’s division.

Kimaiyo won a close race in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 17 seconds a course record. He was less than a minute off the race record of 2:11:43 set in 1986 by compatriot Ibrahim Hussein.

More than 33,000 runners entered the marathon, making it one of the largest in the world.

Jimmy Muindi of Kenya was second, 13 seconds behind Kimaiyo. Another second back in third was Thabiso Moqhali of Lesotho.

Kimaiyo dropped off the pace a bit at the 14-mile mark but said he felt strong the whole race and was confident he would win.

``I wasn’t worried,″ Kimaiyo said. ``I can run faster still.″

Among the women, Vasilieva finished in 2:33:14, followed by Irina Bogacheva of Kyrgyzstan in 2:14:01. Vasilieva, the runner-up last year, was more than two minutes off the women’s race record of 2:31:01 set by Carla Buerskins in 1986.

Bogacheva accused Vasilieva of touching her as she ran behind her, but the winner said she never touched her. The two had words after the race.

``I don’t like Svetlana running behind me and touching me. She made me nervous,″ Bogacheva said.

``I didn’t touch her,″ Vasilieva said.

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