20 SEP 2004 General News

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