Khannouchi Takes Third
BY JERRY NOLAN
PHILADELPHIA, PA--Khalid Khannouchi, age 29, of Ossining, NY, took his third Philadelphia Distance Run, completing the half-marathon distance in 1:01:17. He had set a course record in 1997 with a time of 1:00:27. Ten of the first 14 finishers in the race, held on September 17, were Kenyans. Three of those Kenyans battled Khannouchi until the 12th mile when Khannouchi broke away from the pack to go on and win a close race. William Kiptum (1:01:25), Mbarak Hussein (1:01:20), and Timothy Cherigat (1:01:39), followed Khannouchi to the finish with 6,444 other finishers. Khannouchi was preparing for the Chicago Marathon in October. In 1999, he set a world marathon record of 2:05:42 at that race after winning the PDR.
Catherine Ndereba, age 28, of Kenya, also showed her dominance of the race by winning for the fourth time, beating a fellow Kenyan, Gladys Asiba, by only four seconds. Ndereba's time of 1:10:05 was far off the women's record of 1:08:34, set by Joan Benoit-Samuelson, in 1984. Finishing in third and fourth place among the women were Alice Chelanyat, of Kenya (1:10:16), and Margaret Atodonyang, of Pennsylvania (1:11:59). Khannouchi and Ndereba each collected $3,000 for their winning efforts in the 23rd annual Distance Run.
John Tuttle was the first male Masters to finish in a time of 1:07:15. One of the Philadelphia area's best runners, Bob Schwelm, was the second Masters, with his clocking of 1:08:44. Schwelm was also the second male Masters in 1999. With a time of 1:14:49, Tatyana Pozdnyakova, of High Springs, DE, won the women's Masters race. The second woman Masters was Dorian Meyer, of Rumson, NJ, whose time was 1:18:38. The Masters winners each won $1,000.
The half-marathon was the seventh in the ten-event year 2000 Mid-Atlantic Association of USATF Grand Prix Circuit. Runners, relatives, and friends were treated to a three-day event, which included a two-day expo, children's races, and the Parkway Mile.