Kenya’s Lawrence Rono lived up to his expectation as he smashed the coures record at the 45th edition of the Honolulu Marathon that was held on Sunday (10) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
The men’s race used the experienced Philip Tarbei to pacemake and he lived to their expectations he led them through 10-K in 30:33, about 2:09 pace. Cherono, Wilson Chebet, Vincent Yator, Titus Ekiru, Festus Talam, and world record holder Dennis Kimetto were all in contention at that point. Conditions were still dry.
But by halfway, some separation among the leaders had already occurred, and rain began to soak the field. Cherono and Talam, a pacemaker here last year, hit the halfway in 1:05:02 with the rest of the field slightly behind. Kimetto, who had dropped out of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October, had already fallen well back; his halfway split was 1:10:42. He soon dropped out.
The serious running was about to begin. At about the 20-mile mark (32 km), Chebet went in front and surged. Cherono did not wait long to react, quickly caught Chebet, then took the lead.
“I was running my pace according to my body, I was feeling like not pushing, but at the end of the day, I made up the race,” said Cherono.
At the 35 k mark, Cherono had more than half a minute lead, and knew the victory was his. He sailed through the final kilometers to cut the tape in 2:08.26, one minute and 12 seconds faster than his 2016 course record.
“I am happy again because I came here a second time breaking a course record so it was a great achievement to me, “I am happy with it, Cherono concluded.
Chebet his closest rival came in second second again in 2:09.54 with Yator closing the podium finish in 2:10.37
The top American was Adrian Sherrod of Eugene, Ore., in 2:46.54, while the top Hawaii resident was Evan De Hart, a construction manager who lives in Mililani, who clocked 2:49.32.
In addition to his $25,000 winner’s check, Cherono collected a $10,000 course record bonus plus another $15,000 for breaking 2:09.
The race had a total of 25,154 participants.
- Lawrence Cherono 2:08.26
- Wilson Chebet (KEN) 2:09.54
- Vincent Yator (KEN) 2:10.37