Culpepper refers to breaking Salazar's American debut record at Chicago
below. Actually he ran the same exact time as Salazar did at New York City
in 1980. However, NYC has always been considered a point-to-point "aided"
course (as opposed to Chicago loop course), and, perhaps more significantly,
since the 1981 NYC course was deemed 148m short on a remeasurement, there is
speculation that prior 5 borough races weren't on the mark either. So in any
case, Culpepper's time should be considered the real American debut record.

He had great (tongue-in-cheek?) comment at post-race press conference,
noting that Takaoka - who he had tangled with in the great 10,000m at
Stanford in 2001 - had also run a 2:09:41 at his debut in Fukuoka, so if he
followed the precedent maybe a 2:06:16 was also on deck for him.

In the somewhat overlooked records department, Khannouchi broke his own U.S.
all-comers marathon record by an American citizen from the 2:07:01 he ran in
Chicago in 2000. 

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Wire 96, October 13, 2002

In this edition of the Running USA wire:

1) Radcliffe Blasts World Record, Khannouchi Wins at Chicago

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Radcliffe Blasts World Record, Khannouchi Wins at 25th Chicago Marathon
By Charlie Mahler, Running USA wire

CHICAGO, Ill. - (October 13, 2002) - Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain
obliterated the women's world marathon record and the world
record-holder Khalid Khannouchi of the United States won his fourth
LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon title today on a brilliant morning of
racing. Radcliffe stopped the clock at 2:17:18 to cleave one minute and
29 seconds from Catherine Ndereba's mark of 2:18:47 set here last year.
Ndereba was second today in 2:19:26, and it was the first marathon where
two women broke 2:20:00. 

Radcliffe, 28, the reigning world cross country champion, ran at the
front of the women's field from the outset. She bobbed to splits of
32:47 and 1:09:01 for 10K and the half-marathon in the sunny and windy
42 degree weather before picking up the pace and building her more than
two minute victory margin over Ndereba. Radcliffe's second half was a
brisk 1:08:17.

Japan's Yoko Shibui, who risked what she felt was a realistic shot at
Naoko Takahashi's Japanese marathon record by racing with Radcliffe and
Ndereba in the early-going, finished third in 2:21:22. Svetlana
Zaharova, the bronze medallist at the 2001 World Championship marathon
was fourth in 2:21:31.

"(My focus) was on how I felt. I was mostly just concentrating on
getting as much out of myself as I could," said Radcliffe who pocketed a
cool $250,000 and a Volkswagen car for her record effort. "I felt strong
the whole way - I had a little bit of a bad patch at 23 miles but once I
got through that I pretty much knew, had someone came up alongside me,
I'd have something to give. But, I never think I've won a race until I
cross the line."

Khannouchi, 30, in contrast to Radcliffe, was the embodiment of patience
en route to his victory in 2:05:56. The Moroccan-born World and U.S.
Record-holder was content to hover near the rear of the lead pack in the
early-going and waited until past the 23 mile mark to run down
break-away leader Toshinari Takaoka of Japan. Takaoka had opened a lead
of twenty seconds on the chase pack of Khannouchi, five-time world cross
country champion Paul Tergat of Kenya, 2001 London Marathon champion
Abdelkhader El Mouaziz of Morroco and the comparatively undecorated
Daniel Njenga of Kenya. Khannouchi caught the Japanese Olympian by 40K
and built his winning margin of twenty seconds thereafter. Takaoka
fought a losing battle with Njenga to the tape for second place - both
were timed at 2:06:16.

Khannouchi - who collected $175,000 for the win - risked bringing the
pack along with him when he ran down Takaoka.

"By 23 miles I was thinking 'this is getting a little bit complicated,'"
Khannouchi of Ossining, NY said. "You think, you think, you think and
you go back and fourth 20, 30 times in your mind, but you have to make a
decision and have confidence in yourself. I think I had that

Khannouchi's capture of Takaoka was a function of slowing down less than
the Japanese or his chase-pack companions. Khannouchi, now the holder of
the first, second, and fourth-fastest marathon times ever, actually fell
off world record pace while he was taking control of the race. After
splits of 29:40 and 1:02:29 at 10K and half-way respectively
respectively, the men's race was ahead of pace for a record through 35K,
before fatigue and the wide-open and windy finishing miles exacted their
toll. Still, the only other human to run faster than Khannouchi's mark
today was Paul Tergat with his 2:05:48 from London last spring.

Tergat finished fourth in 2:06:18. El Mouaziz was fifth in 2:06:46.
Defending Champion Ben Kimondiu of Kenya was 11th in 2:13:57. 

Notable among other Americans in Chicago's turbo-charged field were Alan
Culpepper's 6th place, 2:09:41, an American debut record and Team USA
California's Deena Drossin's sixth-place PR of 2:26:53. Both Culpepper
and Drossin achieved the Olympic "A" standard of 2:12:00 and 2:32:00,
respectively. Jeanne Hennessy, also of Team USA California, cracked the
women's top-10 running a PR 2:35:53 which meets the women's Olympic "B"
standard of 2:36:00.

"This was exactly what I wanted to run," Culpepper said. "I wanted to
dip under Alberto's debut record. In no part of the race did I feel
taxed in my breathing. I was disappointed in how my legs felt at the

Drossin, a 2000 Olympian, took the long view of her performance which
disappointed her despite the fact it was a five second PR. 

"It's the nature of the beast and that's why we respect the marathon,"
Drossin said. "I can't really put a finger on what went wrong, but at
ten my quads started to tighten and at six to go my calves started to

Attaining the men's Olympic "B" standard of 2:14:50 for the U.S. were
Kyle Baker, 12th in 2:14:13, Clint Verran of Team USA Michigan, 13th in
a PR 2:14:17, Keith Dowling, 14th in 2:14:22, Ryan Shay of Team USA
California, 15th in 2:14:30 (debut) and Peter De La Cerda of Team USA
California, 16th in a 2:14:41 PR.

Olympian Jen Rhines of Team USA Califonia was disappointed with her
marathon debut of 2:41:16. American record-holder Joan Benoit Samuelson,
45, ran 2:42:28 for 16th. She was the top women's master and set a U.S.
age group record.

25th LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon
Chicago, IL, Sunday, October 13, 2002

1) Khalid Khannouchi, NY    2:05:56 $175,000
2) Njenga Daniel, KEN   2:06:16 $100,000
3) Toshinari Takaoka, JPN   2:06:16 $85,000
4) Paul Tergat, KEN 2:06:18 $70,000
5) Abdelkhader El Mouaziz, MAR  2:06:46 $65,000
6) Alan Culpepper, CO   2:09:41 $15,000 
7) John Kagwe, KEN  2:10:02 $10,500
8) Driss El Himer, MAR  2:11:51 $7,500
9) Peter Githuka, KEN   2:12:43 $4,000
10) Tobias Hiskia, RSA  2:13:16 $3,000
11) Ben Kimondiu, KEN   2:13:57 $1,000
1) Paula Radcliffe, GBR 2:17:18*    $250,000 plus Volkswagen car
2) Catherine Ndereba, KEN   2:19:26 $125,000
3) Yoko Shibui, JPN 2:21:22 $85,000
4) Svetlana Zakharova, RUS  2:21:31 $70,000
5) Madina Biktagirova, RUS  2:25:20 $30,000
6) Deena Drossin, CA        2:26:53 $20,000
7) Kayoko Obata, JPN        2:28:15 $10,500
8) Nuta Olaru, ROM      2:31:37 $6,500
9) Masako Chiba, JPN        2:34:36 $3,000
10) Jeanne Hennessy, NY     2:35:53 $2,000
*World Record and U.S. All-Comers Record (previous record 2:18:47,
Catherine Ndereba, Chicago 2001)

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