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'Zakharova Wins 3rd Women's Title at Age 39' - Honolulu Marathon (updated)

Kiyoko Shimahara approaching the finish in Honolulu. Photos by Dr. Helmut Winter.

After not breaking 2:30 since 2006 Kiyoko Shimahara (Second Wind AC) has now done it three times in the last three and a half months, running a PB and CR of 2:25:10 to win the Hokkaido Marathon on Aug. 30, finishing 2nd in 2:28:51 on Nov. 15 in the inaugural Yokohama International Women's Marathon, and now four weeks later a 2:29:53 runner-up spot in the Dec. 13 Honolulu Marathon.

Third sub-2:30 of the season.

2009 Honolulu Marathon - Top Women's Finishers
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1. Svetlana Zakharova (Russia) - 2:28:34
2. Kiyoko Shimahara (Second Wind AC) - 2:29:53
3. Pamela Chepchumba (Kenya) - 2:32:41
4. Kaori Yoshida (Amino Vital AC) - 2:35:46
5. Eri Hayakawa (Amino Vital AC) - 2:44:33
6. Satoko Uetani (Kobe Gakuin Univ.) - 2:45:19
7. Akemi Ozaki (Second Wind AC) - 2:50:20
8. Mina Ogawa (Japan) - 2:50:20
9. Kozue Saito (Japan) - 2:51:59
10. Amy Wilson (U.S.A.) - 2:57:59


SVFan said…
That's impressive. Shame she didn't break 2:30 in Tokyo because that would equal Zhou's tally of four sub-2:30 marathons in a yr.
yuza said…
I am surprised Eri Hayakawa ran so poorly. She usually does well in Honolulu.
Brett Larner said…

I think it's been a few years since Hayakawa ran at 100% due to injuries and whatnot. I'll always remember her for winning the old Tokyo 10k in 2005 or 2006. She came into the stadium side by side with the top man and then outkicked him over the last lap.
yuza said…
I see, she has been injured. It is a shame, because I always felt she was capable of running a 2hr 25 marathon.

Maybe I am too optimistic. Oh well she is still relatively young, especially when compared to Zakharova.

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