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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.

PHOTO: Men's first place finisher Wilson Chebet, of Kenya, poses for photos after the 2014 Honolulu Marathon on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/The Honolulu Advertiser, Jamm Aquino)
Men's first place finisher Wilson Chebet, of Kenya, poses for photos after the 2014 Honolulu Marathon on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/The Honolulu Advertiser, Jamm Aquino)

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 (http://bit.ly/1BLOj4j ).

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, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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