Hall of Fame inducts Svetlana Zakharova
Categories: Elite Athletes
With five former honorees looking on, Svetlana Zakharova of Russia was inducted into the Honolulu Marathon’s Hall of Fame at a reception Thursday night.
“I am thankful for this gift and that my career achievements are noted,” said Zakharova, a three-time winner and six-time runner-up in the Honolulu race, through an interpreter. She will be competing here for the 11th time on Sunday, and said she is “very happy to come from Russia and be here in Hawaii.” She will end her marathon career after the race.
Zakharova won the Honolulu women’s race in 1997, and repeated in 2002 and 2009, when she posted her fastest time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 34 seconds. That time is the fourth fastest among women since the race started in 1973. She also is a former winner of the Boston and Chicago Marathons.
Other Hall of Fame members on hand to congratulate Zakharova were Frank Shorter, Barack Hussein, Gladys Burrill, and Ronald and Jeanette Chun.