Khalid Khannouchi

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Khalid Khannouchi in New York 2007

Khalid Khannouchi ( Arabic خالد خنّوشي, Chalid Channuschi ; * December 22, 1971 in Meknes ) is a former American long-distance runner of Moroccan origin. He achieved his greatest successes in the marathon , in which he set two world records in 1999 as a Moroccan and in 2002 as an American.

In 1991 he was the Moroccan junior champion in cross-country running and over 3000 m and 10,000 m .

In 1992 he moved to the United States, and in 1993 he won the Universiade in the 5000-meter run .

In 1995 he met the Dominican long-distance runner Sandra Natal at a competition . Sandra recognized Khalid's talent and soon after became his trainer. The couple married in the fall of 1996; the marriage was divorced in 2010.

In 1997 he won the Falmouth Road Race and the Philadelphia Half Marathon . He then ran the fastest time of a debutant on the marathon route when he won the Chicago Marathon in 2:07:10 h. The following year he won the Peachtree Road Race , the Boilermaker Road Race and the Giro di Castelbuono and defended his title in Falmouth. In the New Haven Road Race he set a world record in the 20 km road race with 57:37 minutes , and in the Chicago Marathon he came second.

In 1999 he defended his title at the Peachtree Road Race, won the Philadelphia Half Marathon again and ran a world record of 2:05:42 on the Chicago circuit.

In 2000 he triumphed in the World's Best 10K and came third in the London Marathon . Shortly thereafter, he received US citizenship on May 2, 2000 . In the fall, after his third victory in the Philadelphia Half Marathon , he won the Chicago Marathon for the third time , this time with the US record time of 2:07:01.

At the 2001 World Athletics Championships marathon in Edmonton, he gave up injured.

In 2002 he managed to win both the London and Chicago marathons. The London time of 2:05:38 meant a world record, and with the winning time in Chicago (2:05:56) he was the first and until 2008 only runner with three marathon times under 2:06.

After that, injuries bothered him. In 2004 he finished fifth in the Chicago Marathon before undergoing metatarsal surgery that prevented him from running a marathon in 2005. In 2006 he finished fourth in the London Marathon in 2:07:04.

In 2007, he finished fourth in 2:12:34 in the US Athletics Federation's 2008 Summer Olympics , which was held in Central Park the day before the New York City Marathon .

Khannouchi is 1.66 m tall and weighed 54 kg at competition times. In 2010 he moved from Ossining ( New York ) to Colorado Springs to. In 2012 he announced his retirement from competitive sports.

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  1. Julie Threlkeld: Khannouchis to split as couple, remain intact as coach and athlete . In: Races Like a Girl. December 6, 2010
  2. Julie Threlkeld: The American Master: Khalid Khannouchi's Second Last Chance . In: Races Like a Girl. December 13, 2010
  3. ^ Marathon Great Khalid Khannouchi Officially Retires . In: March 27, 2012