Khannouchi Splitting With His Wife

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 8, 2010

Despite the divorce, the two will still maintain a coaching relationship. 

Former marathon world-record holder Khalid Khannouchi and his wife, Sandra, are parting ways as a married couple. According to a press release posted on the Web site, Races Like a Girl, the two will still remain a relationship as coach and athlete. Sandra has been coaching the Moroccan-turned-American runner for the past 16 years. They met at a road race and have been married for 14 years.

Under his wife’s guidance, Khalid ran the still-standing American marathon record as well as four Chicago Marathon wins.

“No one can coach me better than Sandra can,” said Khalid. “So it makes sense that if I want to finish out my career on a high note, she is the person I should work with to get there.” He has been coping with persistent injury since placing fourth at the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials in New York City.

It was announced that Sandra will keep her last name for professional reasons.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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