September 6, 1993 |
Rarely is the world mile record broken by more than fractions of a second. Noureddine Morceli of Algeria did it by nearly two seconds on Sunday. His time of 3 minutes 44.39 seconds at the Rieti Invitational track and field meet bettered the mark of 3:46.32 set by Britain's Steve Cram at Oslo in 1985. It was the second year in a row that the Algerian has set a world mark at this small stadium in the hills north of Rome.
September 7, 1992 |
Noureddine Morceli of Algeria, one of the big disappointments at the Barcelona Olympics, broke the world record for 1,500 meters Sunday with a time of 3:28.86 at an international track and field meet at Rieti, Italy. Morceli's time broke the record of 3:29.46, set by Said Aouita of Morocco in 1985. Morceli, 22, finished seventh in the Olympic final after winning the 1991 world championship.
May 17, 1992 |
The loneliness of the long-distance runner has ceased to be a problem for Noureddine Morceli. Actually, a little solitude would be a welcome respite. But that's a luxury he has learned to do without. Duty, responsibility, patriotism--these, he has decided, must come first. Morceli will carry the hopes and dreams of his 25 million Algerian compatriots wherever he goes between now and early August, when the Olympic 1,500-meter final is run.
February 9, 1992 |
Noureddine Morceli is so good that his rivals admit only injury or illness can beat him. It is largely because of the absence of down-the-stretch competition that the smooth-striding Algerian has not yet set a world outdoor record. At the World Championships in Tokyo in September, for example, Morceli won the 1,500 meters by two full seconds over Wilfred Kirochi of Kenya. Morceli was unbeaten last year, indoors and out.
March 1, 1991 |
Noureddine Morceli of Algeria set a world indoor record of 3:34.16 for 1,500 meters on his 21st birthday Thursday in the Placido Fernandez Viagas track and field meet at Seville, Spain. Morceli, who attends Riverside Community College, broke the record of 3:34.20 set exactly one year ago on the same track by Britain's Peter Elliott. Spain's Fermin Cacho was second in 3:35.26. Kevin Washington ran the first 800 meters in 1:53.55.
February 2, 1991 |
Noureddine Morceli, ranked No. 1 in the world at 1,500 meters, outdueled Marcus O'Sullivan of Ireland with 1 1/2 laps remaining and won the Wanamaker Mile in the Millrose Games at New York. The Algerian finished in 3 minutes 53.50 seconds, second-fastest in meet history behind Eamonn Coghlan's 3:53.0 in 1981. Romanians finished 1-2 in the women's mile, with world indoor record-holder Doina Melinte first in 4:33.81 and Margareta Keszeg second in 4:34.12.