Perfect day for Ramila
was a bleak and sunless morning with winds gusting to 30
mph - a perfect day for someone to emerge from the icy Russian
winter to capture and defeat the strongest field in the
24-year history of the Honolulu Marathon.
was also a day when yet another unknown Kenyan man would
rise to the occasion on the course and pop a surprise finish.
Burangulova, a 35-year-old mother of one who trains in the
frigid shadow of the Ural Mountains, became the Honolulu
Marathon's first Russian champion, finishing in 2 hours,
34 minutes, 28 seconds.
there was any doubt that the Russian women were the hardiest
and best prepared for yesterday's chilly winter conditions,
Svetlana Vasilyeva laid that question to rest when she came
from behind to pull in second in the women's field in 2:35:36.
Kimaiyo, a 27-year-old military enlistee, gave Kenya its
seventh win in the race since 1985. Kimaiyo did it by stringing
together seven straight mile splits of 4 minutes and 49
seconds or less between the 16th and the 23rd mile. His
winning time was 2:13:23.
Kenyan, Jimmy Muindi, came in 14 seconds later, following
in the wake of Kimaiyo's remarkable late-race surge.
entry field of 30,824 became a finishing field of 24,427
as Honolulu stepped down as the world's largest marathon
and took a third place position in the United States behind
Boston (35,888) and New York (28,182).
from the Honolulu
Star-Bulletin, Monday, December 9, 1996)
24th Annual Honolulu Marathon was held
Sunday, December 8, 1996.