FOR ONE LAST TIME, FIRST TO FIN­ISH LINE

Ari­zona man halts record-ty­ing Dis­ney World Marathon ti­tle

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Gio­vanna Martins, of Brazil, crosses the fin­ish line to win the Walt Dis­ney World Marathon on Sun­day. Martins won for the fourth time in a row and a record fifth time over­all. She an­nounced af­ter the race that she does not plan to com­pete at Dis­ney again.

Two years ago, Nick Hil­ton snapped Fre­di­son Costa’s streak of four con­sec­u­tive Walt Dis­ney World Marathon cham­pi­onships.

On Sun­day, the Flagstaff, Ariz., man de­prived Costa again.

Hil­ton won the 27th an­nual Dis­ney World Marathon in 2 hours, 22 min­utes, 19 sec­onds. Costa, who said he had been bat­tling ill­ness, did not com­plete the 26.2-mile course.

“You get chills down your spine when you kind of know you’re com­ing into the fin­ish,” Hil­ton said. “It’s just such an emo­tional mo­ment that you get re­ally ex­cited. It feels just as spe­cial this time as the last, if not more so.”

Gio­vanna Martins of Salto, Brazil, won Cen­tral Florida’s pre­em­i­nent marathon for the fourth time in a row in 2:54:19. It was the record fifth vic­tory over­all for Martins, who an­nounced af­ter the race that she does not plan to com­pete at Dis­ney again.

As for Costa, the 42-year-old Brazil­ian re­sid­ing in Kis­sim­mee was try­ing to match coun­try­man Adri­ano Bas­tos’ record of eight vic­to­ries here.

Bas­tos (2:51:27) fin­ished ninth.

“At the be­gin­ning, I was feel­ing OK, but af­ter about Mile 10, that’s when I started feel­ing a lit­tle bit sick,” Costa said through an in­ter­preter. “I feel sad be­cause I couldn’t train the last seven days.”

The hot and hu­mid con­di­tions did not stop 14,106 run­ners and walk­ers from fin­ish­ing. They just made pound­ing the pave­ment more dif­fi­cult.

Hil­ton, 30, said he fo­cused on hy­drat­ing prop­erly and not strain­ing him­self too much dur­ing the first 13.1 miles.

“There were a cou­ple of times where Fre­di­son had surged within the first 10 miles,” Hil­ton said. “I just kind of let it hap­pen, eased off the gas and ran the pace I knew I needed to run.”

By the 25-mile mark, Hil­ton said he was pretty con­fi­dent he was go­ing to win.

His body told him so. “I knew I had enough in my legs to get to the fin­ish line, and I knew I wasn’t go­ing to drop or fall apart or any­thing like that,” Hil­ton said.

Hil­ton fin­ished nearly five min­utes ahead of run­ner-up Ben­jamin Xie (2:27:02) of Seat­tle.

Xie, who ran at MIT, com­pleted his fourth marathon. He said he planned for the 2019 Bos­ton Marathon to be his fi­nal marathon — be­cause “it hurts,” he said — but was en­cour­aged to at­tempt to qual­ify for the 2020 Olympic Tri­als.

The day be­fore Xie planned to earn a berth at the

tri­als at the Cal­i­for­nia In­ter­na­tional Marathon in Sacra­mento last month, he got food poi­son­ing. With the tri­als out of the ques­tion, Xie’s coach con­vinced him to run Dis­ney so his train­ing wouldn’t be wasted.

Xie, who ran a per­sonal best, came pre­pared.

“I looked like a fool at the start be­cause I had a hat with a bag of ice un­der­neath it,” he said. “I was hold­ing two wa­ter bot­tles. I was just a lit­tle camel in the be­gin­ning.”

On the women’s side, Martins’ five vic­to­ries put her far ahead of any­one else. Five other women have won the Dis­ney World Marathon twice.

“They have all been very emo­tional, but this time, it’s my good­bye from run­ning the Walt Dis­ney World Marathon as a com­pet­i­tive ath­lete,” Martins, 37, said through an in­ter­preter. “It

was very emo­tional for me.”

Jor­dyn Kleve of Ur­ban­dale, Iowa, placed sec­ond in 2:59:07.

Lau­ren Szafran of Or­lando was the only Cen­tral Florida run­ner, male or fe­male, to place in the top 10. She fin­ished eighth in 3:20:23. Walt Dis­ney World Marathon Top men’s fin­ish­ers

1. Nick Hil­ton, Flagstaff, Ariz., 2:22:19; 2. Ben­jamin Xie, Seat­tle, 2:27:02; 3. Lu­uis Bar­boza, Porto Ale­gre, Brazil, 2:27:28; 4. Daniel Dos San­tos, For­taleza, Brazil, 2:39:20; 5. Tom Dilib­erto, Green­wich, Ct., 2:44:09; 6. Eric Kennedy, Jean­nette, Pa. 2:45:35; 7. Ja­son Howe, Salt Lake City, 2:45:51; 8 Jes­sop Keene, Raleigh, N.C., 2:48:12; 9. Adri­ano Bas­tos, São Paulo, Brazil, 2:51:27; 10. Nate Haus­rath, Fort Thomas, Ky., 2:52:00; 11. Guil­herme Rig­o­natti, São Paulo, Brazil, 2:53:11; 12. Daniel Uri­ano, Coventry, Ct., 2:53:30; 13. Christophe­r Guer­rero, Sali­nas, Calif., 2:53:39; 14. Mark Rabasco, Green­field, Mass., 2:53:47; 15. Scott Shack­le­ton, Austin, Texas, 2:53:56; 16. Johnny Guignet, Ocoee, 2:54:06; 17. Eliecer Pincheira, San­ti­ago, Chile, 2:54:32; 18. Edgar Perez Figueroa, St. Si­mons Is­land, Ga., 2:55:40; 19. Derek Re­hill, Phoenix, 2:56:08; 20. Ben­jamin Kas­sel, David­son, N.C., 2:56:10.

21. Scot Ur­sum, Wy­oming, Mich., 2:57:08; 22. Dy­lan Siska, Lake Worth, 2:57:30; 23. Bren­dan Jones, Morgantown, W.Va., 2:57:33; 24. Gavin Mead, Brack­nell, United King­dom, 2:57:58; 25. Rory Siska, Lake Worth, 2:58:08; 26. Nathan O’Con­nor, Porter, Ind., 2:58:44; 27. Jeremy McJunkin, Rochester, Minn., 2:59:24; 28. Marcio Casagrande, Belo Hor­i­zonte, Brazil, 2:59:33; 29. Daniel Erick­son, Lithia, 2:59:39; 30. Robert Tay­lor, Madi­son, Wis., 3:01:22; 31. Michael Gfeller, Wind­sor Junc­tion, Canada, 3:01:52; 32. Jimmy Touhey, Brook­lyn, N.Y., 3:01:56; 33. Peter Kapelan­ski, Min­neapo­lis, 3:02:10; 34. An­gel Reyes Adorno, Tru­jillo Alto, Puerto Rico, 3:02:12; 35. Edgar Aguilar, Pas­saic, N.J., 3:03:12; 36. Ro­drigo No­vais, BrasaLia, Brazil, 3:03:46; 37. Justin Edell, Louisville, Ky., 3:03:46; 38. Bruno Beilich, São Paulo, Brazil, 3:03:58; 39. Lu­cas Matos Fer­nan­des, São Paulo, Brazil, 3:04:27; 40. Kevin Lewis, Den­ver, 3:05:03 Top women’s fin­ish­ers

1. Gio­vanna Martins, Salto, Brazil, 2:54:19; 2. Jor­dyn Kleve, Ur­ban­dale, Iowa, 2:59:07; 3. Con­ce­icao de Mario Oliveira, Taboão Da Serra, Brazil, 3:12:28; 4. Chelsea El­lis, Rye Brook, N.Y., 3:14:46; 5. Ana Ce­clia Cunha, Sal­vador, Brazil, 3:17:14; 6. Alex Shack­le­ton, Austin, Texas, 3:17:57; 7. Carolyn Renick, Braden­ton, 3:19:28;

8. Lau­ren Szafran, Or­lando, 3:20:23; 9. Claudia Brinkruff, Green­field, Ind., 3:23:35; 10. Taren Weyer, Hudson, Wis., 3:24:13; 11. An­nie Geary, Or­lando, 3:24:39; 12. Laura Puopolo, Cambridge, Canada, 3:24:43; 13. Jaime Dawes, Rio Ran­cho, N.M., 3:25:11; 14. An­drea Or­duna, Mexico, 3:25:28; 15. Caro­line Bal­lam, Alexan­dria, Va., 3:25:40; 16. Karolina Viquez, San Jose, Costa Rica, 3:26:58; 17. Jes­sica Van Beek-King, Wau­na­kee, Wis., 3:28:02; 18. Maryn Bar­rett, East An­dover, N.H., 3:28:45; 19. Caro­line Day, Rock­leigh, N.J., 3:28:56; 20. Sarah Kondo, Brant­ford, Canada, 3:28:59;

21. Mon­ica Sa­maca, Villav­i­cen­cio, Colom­bia, 3:29:37; 22. Ash­ley Hyde, Shirley, Mass., 3:29:41; 23. Re­nee Sayce-Dant, Duxbury, Mass., 3:30:16; 24. Jen­nifer Blankenshi­p, Xenia, Ohio, 3:30:58; 25. Ca­ressa Barth, Win­sted, Minn., 3:31:41; 26. Lisa Rior­dan, Sims­bury, Ct., 3:32:33; 27. Lind­sey Carter, Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Calif., 3:34:32; 28. Emily Wood, Bos­ton, 3:34:50;

29. Emily Gehris, Owings Mills, Md., 3:35:20;

30. Mau­reen Chiodo, New Canaan, Ct., 3:35:37;

31. Jen­nifer Love­lock, Colchester, United King­dom, 3:36:03; 32. Holly Bly, Tampa, 3:36:09; 33. Tina Daniels, Rochester, Minn., 3:36:39; 34. Chloe Scherpa, Feeding Hills, Mass., 3:36:46;

35. Sally Vec­chiarelli, Win­ter Springs, 3:36:50;

36. Ma­iara Melo, São Paulo, Brazil, 3:37:06; 37. Ash­ley Ja­cobs, Ar­ling­ton, Texas, 3:37:29; 38. Katie Nor­wood, Ban­gor, Maine, 3:38:17; 39. Fer­nanda Tomkiw, Cu­ritiba, Brazil, 3:38:29; 40. Katie Se­nese, Lit­tle­ton, Colo., 3:38:39

PHE­LAN M. EBENHACK/OR­LANDO SEN­TINEL

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