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Khannouchi narrowly beaten in Philly Half

Julius Kibet heads Khannouchi in the 2004 Philly Half (Victah Sailer)Julius Kibet heads Khannouchi in the 2004 Philly Half (Victah Sailer) © Copyright

Philadelphia PA, USAKhalid Khannouchi finished third in Sunday’s annual Philly Half Marathon behind Kenya’s Julius Kibet and Morocco’s Elarbi Khattabi.

The 32 year-old Khannouchi was making his comeback from a long spell of injury which saw him last race and win in Kyoto, Japan on 9 March 2003, where he finished in 62:15 .

In a tight race on Sunday, the American was beaten by just three seconds by Kibet who won in a personal best of 61:18. The Kenyan is ten years Khannouchi's junior.

The women’s race was won by Nuta Olaru of Romania in 69:38

Results

Half Marathon

 
Men  
1 Julius Kibet KEN  61:18
2 Elarbi Khattabi MAR  61:19
3 Khalid Khannouchi USA  61:21
4 Luke Metto KEN 61:37
5 John Itati KEN 62:04
6 Duncan Kibet KEN 62:45
7 Fred Getange KEN 62:50
   
Women
1 Nuta Olaru ROM 69:38
2 Leah Malot KEN 70:02
3 Masako Chiba JPN 70:55
4 Marla Runyan USA 71:19
5 Aki Fujikawa JPN 72:42
6 Tatyana Pozdnyakova UKR 73:36