Bong Ju Lee wasn't taking any chances with the African runners
in yesterday's 21st Honolulu Marathon.
year, when he finished seventh here, he saw runners from
Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa seize the early initiative
and control the race. This time, he made his own move early.
up to the lead pack of Africans at mile 7, in a steady drizzle
around Kapiolani Park, the 23-year-old Lee latched on and
never let go.
by Korean cheering sections posted at various junctures
of the 26.2-mile route, Lee won a duel with 1993 South African
national champion Josiah Thungwane and held off a late surge
by Boston Marathon champion Cosmos Ndeti of Kenya to win
in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 16 seconds.
who passed several runners in a furious charge over the
last half of the marathon, made his second consecutive runner-up
finish in Honolulu in 2:13:40. Ndeti's 22-year-old brother,
Josphat, was third in 2:13:48 in a promising marathon debut.
41-year-old Carla Beurskens cruised to her seventh Honolulu
women's crown in 2:32:20 - the fourth fastest time in course
history. Beurskens finished 11 minutes and 19 seconds ahead
of second-place Amy Legacki of Michigan.
the rain and wind, 23,607 runners finished making Honolulu
the world's third largest marathon behind New York City
from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Monday, December 13,
21st Annual Honolulu Marathon was held
Sunday, December 12, 1993.