|Jimmy MUINDI||Alevtina BIKTIMIROVA|
Ambesse Tolossa of Ethiopia crossed the finish line in 2:17:26, almost a minute and a half ahead of runner-up Jimmy Muindi of Kenya.
But the post-race drug test found a banned substance in Tolossa's system and he was disqualified before summer of 2008.
Muindi, who had been bothered by stomach problems in trailing Tolossa a second straight year, thus won his sixth Honolulu Marathon crown. His 2:18:53 finish was his slowest in 14 years at Honolulu.
Eric Nzioki, another Kenyan, was third in 2:21:32.
The 2007 race was marred by heavy rains.
Biktimirova of Russia emerged from a tough battle with a Japanese runner who started out as a pace-setter and won her first marathon since 2005 in 2:33:07.
She finished second in the Boston and Chicago marathons earlier in the year.
Biktimirova, who averaged 5 minutes and 50 seconds a mile, shook free from Japan's Akemi Ozaki in the 21st mile. Ozaki was designated as one of two pace-setters for the women's race but elected to go for the win despite having only a month's rest since completing the Tokyo Marathon.
10 Male Finishers
- Ambesse Tolossa, 30, Ethiopia, 02:17:26 (DQ)
- Jimmy Muindi, 34, Kenya, 02:18:53
- Eric Mzioki, 99, Kenya, 02:21:32
- Boniface Mbuvi, 30, Kenya, 02:22:59
- Aleksei Aleksandrov, 23, Russia, 02:24:36
- Satoru Hori, 29, JAPAN, 02:29:12
- Atsushi Ito, 22, JAPAN, 02:29:53
- Masakazu Takahashi, 33, Japan, 02:31:01
- Tetsuro Kataoka, 23, JAPAN, 02:33:14
- Yuji Haraguchi, 34, JAPAN, 02:33:16.
10 Female Finishers
- Alevtina Biktimirova, 25, Russia, 02:33:07
- Akemi-Isige Ozaki, 30, Japan, 02:34:22;
- Tatiana Petrova, 24, Russia, 02:35:56
- Kaori Yoshida, 26, Japan, 02:43:21
- Mina Ogawa, 32, Japan, 02:47:29
- Lisa Mizutani, 22, JAPAN, 02:50:48
- Satoko Uetani, 26, JAPAN, 02:52:30
- Maiko Kawano, 25, JAPAN, 02:54:14
- Yuri Kambara, 31, JAPAN, 02:56:21
- Helen Stanton, 34, Australia, 02:57:10