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American Khannouchi withdraws

LONDON -- New York marathon champion Hendrik Ramaala will compete in the London event on April 17.

The 33-year-old South African is a former soccer player who
took up running 13 years ago.

"This is great news for us," race director David
Bedford said Thursday. "Hendrik has started to fulfill his promise
at the marathon and we've got just the field to test him."

A spokeswoman for the London organizers said American Khalid
Khannouchi, who set a world record in the 2002 event, had
withdrawn because he did not think he would be race fit.