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Moroccan wins Falmouth Road Race

August 17, 1997

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) _ Moroccan Kahlid Khannouchi broke the grip of Kenyan winners in the Falmouth Road Race Sunday.

Khannouchi finished the 25th running of the prestigious 7.1-mile race in 31 minutes, 58 seconds, to win, a considerably better performance than his 11th-place showing last year. Heat and humidity slowed the times, however, and no records were threatened in any division.

The men’s race was slow and tactical and Khannouchi led a pack of about a dozen runners _ almost all of them Kenyans _ until the fourth mile.

Kenyan Peter Githuka surged about five seconds ahead at that point, but Khannouchi never lost contact and was able to pull away at the six-mile mark.

Khannouchi’s time was 22 seconds off the course record set last year by Joseph Kimani of Kenya. Neither Kimani nor defending women’s winner and record-holder Catherine Ndereba competed Sunday.

Kenyan Thomas Osano finished second at 32:07 and Githuka was third at 32:22. Eight of the top 10 men were Kenyans.

The first American man to finish was Mike Mykytok. He was eighth overall at 33:13.

Colleen De Reuck of South Africa was the top woman finisher at 36:19.

``I didn’t want to do a lot of the work,″ she said. ``At that point in the race (mile four) I timed my race perfectly and it turned out to be the right time.″

De Reuck won the women’s race in Falmouth in 1993 and finished second last year.

Delillah Asiago of Kenya, the 1995 winner, was second Sunday at 36:25 and Jane Omoro, also of Kenya, third at 36:46.

There were four American women in the top 10.

It was the first time in six years that a Kenyan didn’t win the men’s division.

Past Falmouth champions Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter and Alberto Salazar attended Sunday’s 25th running, though they did not compete.

But six-time winner Joan Benoit Samuelson, who turned 40 this year, won the master’s division and finished 16th overall at 39:18.

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