Hall of Famer Schabort gets 9th Wheelchair Win
Categories: Elite Athletes
Krige Schabort won the Honolulu Marathon wheelchair race for the 9th time on Sunday. He crossed the finish line in one hour, 33 minutes and 15 seconds for his second consecutive victory. He broke away from seveal others at the six-mile park and rode alone the rest of the way. But he said being by himself longer was a challenge. Weather conditions were good for the first six miles, Schabort said. “But on the other side of Diamond Head it was brutal,” referring to brisk winds on the way to Hawaii Kai. The former South African soldier, who now lives in Atlanta, was inducted into the marathon’s Hall of Fame in 2004, the only wheelchair athlete so honored. Masazumi Soejima of Japan, who set the course record of 1:30:32 in 2005, was second in 1:36:48, and Ryota Yoshida of Japan was third in 1:39:43. Wakako Tsuchida of Japan won the women’s race in 1:53:57.