Khannouchi says he’s fit for Worlds – Tarasov sidelined
23 July 2001 - Khalid Khannouchi, the marathon world-record holder, plans to compete at the IAAF World Championships in Edmonton despite recent back trouble. The Moroccan-born runner will be representing the United States for the first time since becoming a citizen last year.
Khannouchi strained muscles in his back during a nine-mile (14.5-kilometer) race in Utica, New York, on July 8. He dropped out after six miles (10 kilometres), putting in doubt his status for the championships. "I’m going to compete," he said Sunday. "I’ve gotten a lot of support from my family and the people I work with since I got the back spasms. I think I can do my best. I have a lot of faith and hope. I feel I am back. I know I did the training and that will give me confidence I can compete with the best."
Khannouchi set the world marathon best of 2:05.42 seconds at Chicago in 1999. He ran his last marathon at Chicago in 2000, winning at 2:07:01.
Khannounchi’s injury came four days after he finished sixth in the Peachtree 10k at Atlanta. "I probably didn’t get enough rest in between races," he said. "I felt good at Peachtree. Now I am trying to get my focus back. I feel this is my chance, my opportunity to compete for the United States."