IAAF org: Khannouchi is the target - Chicago Marathon Preview

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 ...