24 OCT 1999 General News

Khannouchi sets World Best in Chicago Marathon

Khannouchi Runs 2:05:42 to set World Marathon Best at LaSalle Banks Chicago Marathon
David Morris sets U.S. record (2:09:32); Chepchumba edges Okayo
USATFRRIC report

24 October 1999 - Chicago, USA --Khalid Khannouchi returned to the LaSalle Banks Chicago Marathon with a triumphant victory in 2:05:42, a new world best performance and U.S. all-comers record. The Moroccan who is seeking U.S. citizenship shattered the previous record (2:06:05 by Ronaldo da Costa at the 1998 Berlin Marathon) and averaged just under 4:48 per mile.

Under windy conditions and cool temperatures, Khannouchi who won the 1997 race and finished second last year overtook Moses Tanui between mile 24 and 25. Tanui, the 1996 and 1998 Boston Marathon champion, finished second in 2:06:16, the fastest non-winning time ever and now third on the all-time list. Defending champion Ondoro Osoro of Kenya finished third in 2:08.00.

"It was freezing, it was windy, I didn’t think there would be a world record," said Khannouchi of Ossining, New York. For his outstanding performance, he won $165,000 ($65,000 for the victory and a $100,000 world marathon best bonus) and a Volkswagen Beetle.

David Morris, 29, an American living and training in Japan, finished fourth overall in 2:09:32, a pending U.S. record. The current U.S. marathon record is 2:09:35 by Jerry Lawson at the 1997 LaSalle Banks Chicago Marathon. Morris who finished third at the 1998 USA Marathon Championships in Pittsburgh also became the first U.S. man to reach the "A" standard (sub 2:14:01) for the 2000 Olympic marathon in Sydney, Australia. The Montana graduate improved his previous PR (2:15:25 at Pittsburgh ‘98) by nearly six minutes and established himself as one of the favorites at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Pittsburgh on May 7, 2000.

In an exciting finish, the women’s race went down to the wire as defending champion Joyce Chepchumba edged countrywoman Margaret Okayo, 2:25:59 to 2:26:00. Chepchumba who survived an earlier fall and Okayo in her debut marathon ran together over the last three miles.

Libbie Hickman, 34, from Ft. Collins, Colorado was the top American in sixth (2:28:34). She and Kristy Johnston who finished 10th overall (2:32:34) also reached the Olympic "A" standard (sub 2:33:01).

The race produced thirty-two new 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers (13 men faster than 2:22:01 and 19 women faster than 2:50:01). Nine U.S. men ran the "A" standard (sub 2:20:01) with one "A" standard female qualifier (sub 2:42:01). A race record 29,256 entered and 24,621 finished. For more information and results, visit the race website at www.chicagomarathon.com.

Unofficial Results

MEN
1) Khalid Khannouchi (MAR), 2:05:42, $165,000 plus Volkswagen Beetle world record (previous record Ronaldo da Costa 2:06:05 at Berlin ‘98) U.S. all-comers record (previous record Ondoro Osoro 2:06:54 at Chicago ‘98)
2) Moses Tanui (KEN), 2:06:16, $90,000
3) Ondoro Osoro (KEN), 2:08:00, $40,000
4) David Morris, 29, Albuquerque, NM, 2:09:32, $53,500 U.S. record (previous record Jerry Lawson 2:09:35
at Chicago ‘97)
5) Simon Bor (KEN), 2:09:35, $25,000
6) Eder Fialho (BRA), 2:09:36, $17,000
7) Joseph Kahugu (KEN), 2:09:37, $15,000
8) James Kariuki (KEN), 2:11:14, $7,000
9) Said Dogga (FRA), 2:11:18, $6,000
10) Simon Lopujet (KEN), 2:11:44, $4,000
11) Thabiso Moqhali (LES,) 2:12:20, $1,000
12) Michal Bartoszek (POL), 2:12:21, $1,000
13) Ray Boyd (AUS), 2:12:48, $1,000
14) Sammy Korir (KEN), 2:13:08
15) Joseph Mereng (KEN), 2:13:21

WOMEN

1) Joyce Chepchumba (KEN), 2:25:59, $80,000
2) Margaret Okayo (KEN), 2:26:00, $50,000
3) Elana Meyer (RSA), 2:27:17, $35,000
4) Colleen DeReuck (RSA), 2:27:30, $30,000
5) Irina Bogacheva (KGZ), 2:27:46, $25,000
6) Libbie Hickman, 34, Ft. Collins, CO, 2:28:34, $22,500
7) Marian Sutton (GBR), 2:28:42, $10,000
8) Renata Paradowska (POL), 2:31:59, $6,000
9) Albina Galliamova (RUS), 2:32:24, $3,000
10) Kristy Johnston, 34, Shepherdstown, WV, 2:32:34, $4,000
11) Gitte Karlshoj, 40, (DEN), 2:35:16
12) Catherina McKiernan (IRL), 2:35:31