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. -----Original Message----- From: Basil Honikman To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: 10/13/02 8:13 PM Subject: Running USA wire #96-10-02 Wire 96, October 13, 2002 In this edition of the Running USA wire: 1) Radcliffe Blasts World Record, Khannouchi Wins at Chicago Team USA California sponsored by Nike Supported by grants from USA Track & Field and the New York City Marathon Copyright (c) 2002 Running USA All Rights Reserved ********************************************* UPCOMING EVENTS: Tufts Health Plan for Women 10K, Boston, MA, October 14 *USA Women's Championship/Women's USARC Finale http://www.tufts-healthplan.com/tufts10k Edmund Fitzgerald 100K, Duluth, MN, October 19 *USA Men's, Women's and Masters Championship http://www.edmundfitz.com Arturo Barrios 5K/10K, Chula Vista, CA, October 27 *North American 5K Team Championship http://www.eliteracing.com ********************************************* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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 confidence." 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 end." 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 cramp." 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 MEN 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 WOMEN 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) For deeper results and more, visit the race website at: http://www.chicagomarathon.com # # # Ryan Lamppa, Running USA Media Services USATF Road Running Information Center 5522 Camino Cerralvo Santa Barbara, CA 93111 (805) 696-6232, fax (805) 696-6252 http://www.runningusa.org http://www.usaldr.org