(Ohio) * 2:41:52
think Gianni Poli would have something better to do on his
honeymoon than run a marathon.
Paolr, his bride of just one week, didn't seem to mind.
She jumped for joy and screamed when Poli surged ahead of
Bradt Nava near the 22-mile mark to take command of the
a 31-year-old Italian, added to his lead over the final
four miles and broke the finishing tape of the 16th Honolulu
Marathon yesterday morning in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 47 seconds,
winning by nearly a half-mile. The victory was worth $10,000
in prize money.
22, an unexpected and unknown contender from Paraguay, clocked
2:15:12 for second place. Gidamis Shahanga of Tanzania was
third (2:16:47). Three-time defending champion Ibrahim Hussein
reportedly dropped out of the race at nine miles.
winner of the 1986 New York City Marathon, covered the second
half of the 26.2-mile event in 1:05:45, faster than his
first half (1:07:02). No official records of split-times
are kept, but it is believed to be the first time any Honolulu
Marathon winner has run the second half faster than the
a somewhat ironic turn of events, Cyndie Welte of Ohio,
who had come to Honolulu as a spectator, won the $10,000
first prize for women. She led the women's field all the
way, finishing 38th overall in 2:41:52.
really didn't plan to run the race until about 10 days ago,"
Welte said. "I've been training for the Houston Marathon
in February. But when I heard that Carla Beurskens (the
defending champion and record-holder) wasn't going to run,
I thought I might have a chance to win and decided to give
it a try."
officials reported that entries reached the 10,000 mark
on Saturday afternoon, but, allowing for the usual number
of no-shows, it was estimated that around 9,000 lined up
near Aloha Tower for the 5:30 a.m. start.
from the Honolulu Advertiser, Monday, December 12, 1988)
16th Annual Honolulu Marathon was held
Sunday, December 11, 1988.