Ethiopian wins women’s title in Honolulu debut

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A 25-year-old from Ethiopia won the Honolulu Marathon women’s championship, her first marathon title and in her Honolulu Marathon debut.

“It was a good race, but a little windy, “said 25-year-old Woynishet Girma, who finished in two hours, 31 minutes and 41 seconds. With the 5 a.m. start, running in the dark made the Honolulu race different from other races she has run, she said.

After defending champion Belainesh Gebre of Ethiopia dropped out at the 20-mile mark, a pack of three ran together for the next two miles, with Valentina Galimova of Russia doing most of the pushing. Girma, Misiker Demissie of Ethiopia, and Galimova were together at the start of the Diamond Head hill en route back to the finish line.

At the top of the hill, Girma connected with a male runner who ran with her to the finish line.

Demissie and Galimova sprinted for second place, with Demissie finishing in 2:31:53, and Galimova two seconds behind. Demissie managed a second-place finish despite making a bathroom break at the 17-mile mark and then catching up.

Emmah Muthoni of Kenya was fourth in 2:32:38, followed by Asami Osakabe of Japan, 2:32:49; and three-time winner Svetlana Zakharova of Russia, 2:33:17.

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