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The 1998 New Haven 20K - Records Fall!

Some world class running talent paid a visit to New Haven, Connecticut this past Labor Day, and the city's 20K road race will never be the same.

Khalid Khannouchi (MOR) and Colleen De Reuck (RSA) solidified their status as the best road racers in the world by setting world records in the men's and woman's races, shattering the previous best times for the course. Khannouchi ran 57:37, (That's 4:38.79 per mile folks!) breaking Salah Hissou's (MOR) 1994 WR of 58:20 and Greg Meyer's 1983 course record of 58:24.

De Reuck equaled the women's WR of 1:05:11 (5:15.4 per mile) set by Wang Xiu-Ting (CHN) in a wind-aided performance in 1993. She also broke Rosa Mota's 1985 course record of 1:05:38.


Colleen De Reuck and Khalid Khannouchi are all smiles lining up for the start of the flat, fast, New Haven 20K.
At four miles the lead pack splits to take on water.

 

Leading (in yellow) is Stephen Kiogora, trailed closely by Khannouchi who is shadowed by defending champ John Kagwe (in white).
De Reuck rips through the four mile water stop having already left her competition well behind.

Her run to the world record was largely a solo effort. At this point the field around her was quite strung out, offering her little help in pacing or drafting.

Teresa Wanjiku (KEN) finished second in the women's division. She ran 1:07:27, that's 2 :16 behind De Reuck.
American Keith Brantly
was not a factor in the race. He finished in 14th place, running 1:02:29.
After breaking away from the pack on the 2nd and last hill on the course, Khannouchi charged to the finish, earning a $1,000 bonus for the course record.

Stephen Kiogora (KEN) finished 2nd in 58:47,
having lost 70 seconds to Khannouchi in the last 2.5 miles.

Colleen De Reuck intended this race as a tune-up for the Chicago Marathon on October 11.

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