Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Goucher Shatters American Record in Half Marathon

American Kara Goucher upset marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe in a stunning 66 min 57 sec at the Great North Run Half Marathon in Tynside, England on Sunday. Goucher, who won the bronze medal at 10,000 in this year's World Championships in Osaka, was running her first half marathon.

"....her times at 15km (47:36), 10 miles (50:59) and 20km (63:33) were also quicker than any US athlete has run before."

Kara is coached by former Oregon great Alberto Salazar. Go here for the full story.

Two other Salazar coached athletes, 2006 NCAA X country champ Josh Rohatinsky and Kara's husband Adam place 5th and 6th. results

Salazar is a firm believer in using a stint of altitude training prior to big races (see this great article published last Aug in the Oregonian).

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