Khalid Khannouchi Officially Retires

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 28, 2012
  • Updated Mar. 28, 2012 at 8:05 AM UTC
Moroccan-born American Khalid Khannouchi last set the world record in 2002. Photo:

Persistent foot injuries were the reason for his decision. 

He was the former world-record holder in the marathon. And now, Khalid Khannouchi, 40 years old, has decided to officially hang up his racing flats.

The Moroccan-born American citizen twice set the world record for 26.2 miles. The last time that he did it was in 2002 at the London Marathon.

“I’m proud of myself. I truly want to thank my family, all the people, the fans, my sponsors who really gave me the opportunity,” he said. “I want to thank them for the time, the great time I had, the support I had, and the great moments in the history of running that I had as they were a part of it.”

Khannouchi admitted that it was the persistent foot injuries that had been with him since 2002 that caused him to retire.

“It was really my feet that betrayed me,” he said. “Every time I go and try to push hard, I get the pain and soreness again. I can’t train hard and if you can’t train at a certain level where you can be competitive it’s not worth it to keep wasting time.”

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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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