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IAAF org: Khannouchi is the target - Chicago Marathon Preview

I would be really happy if Chicago could get the World record back

2004-10-08

Friday 8 October 2004 Chicago, USA - “I would be really happy if Chicago could get the World record back,” said Khalid Khannouchi ahead of Sunday’s 27th running of the LaSalle Banks Chicago Marathon (10 Sep). “This race is set for fast times.”

World record target
While everyone is touting the match-up between Khannouchi, who has won the Chicago race four times, and defending champion Evans Rutto of Kenya, Khannouchi says that there are at least “five or six guys” who could win the race.

Four other Kenyans with personal bests under 2:07:07
With four other Kenyans with personal bests under 2:07:07, and a strong Japanese contingent, the only thing that can be said for sure about the men’s race it that, weather permitting, it will be fast. The lead pacers have been asked to take the race out in 1:02:20 for the first half in order to take aim at Paul Tergat’s year-old mark of 2:04:55 set at last year’s real,- BERLIN-MARATHON.

Olympic fatigue a factor?
None of the women will be aiming at Paula Radcliffe’s World record, but each will be aiming to improve on their own PBs led by Russia’s defending champion Svetlana Zakharova ...


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