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Updated at 3:25 p.m., Sunday, December 10, 2006

Ethiopia's Tolossa wins Honolulu Marathon in debut

Advertiser Staff


Ambesse Tolossa of Ethiopia won the 2006 Honolulu Marathon with a time of 2:13:42.

Deborah Booker | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Ambesse Tolossa, 29, became the first from Ethiopia to win the Honolulu Marathon today, ending a streak of victories by Kenyan runners.

Tolossa was the first to cross the finish line, winning in his Honolulu Marathon debut in an official time of 2 hours, 13 minutes and 42 seconds.

Fellow Ethiopian runner, Araya Haregot, 25, also making his Honolulu Marathon debut, took fourth in 2:16:59.

Three-time defending champion Jimmy Muindi, 33, of Kenya finished second in an official time of 2:14:39. Fellow Kenyan runners, Eric Wainana, 32, and Eric Nzioki, 28, took third and fifth, respectively.

Wainana's time was 2:16:08; Nzioki's 2:17:10.

Runners from Kenya have won every men's Honolulu Marathon race since 1995.

Tolossa's lifetime best was 2:08:58 at the Tokyo International Marathon in February 2006. He also won. In June, he also won the San Diego Rock 'n Roll Marathon in 2:10:08.