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Julian 88th in world race

From staff and wire reports

MARRAKECH, Morocco -- Ashland native Pete Julian placed 88th in the World Cross Country Championships Sunday.

Julian was the fourth American finisher in a 12,000 meter race won by Kenya's Paul Tergat, who won his record-tying fourth straight title, while Ireland's Sonia O'Sullivan won her second race in two days.

Julian has been fighting the flu and visited a hospital emergency room last week. He ran a strong first 10,000 meters before faltering over the final 2,000 meters.

Bob Kennedy was the top American, finishing 16th as the U.S. placed eighth overall.

Tergat was content to stay behind teammate Paul Koech, who led for 5,000 meters of the 12,000-meter (7.5-mile) senior men's race, before overtaking him with ease in the final straight. Tergat, clocked in 34 minutes, — second, finished five seconds ahead of Koech.

O'Sullivan won her second gold medal in less than 24 hours, taking the women's 4,000-meter (2.5-mile) race by 14 seconds. On Saturday, she won the 8,000 (5-mile) event.

O'Sullivan, timed in 12:20 Sunday, said she had been advised not to run two races in such a short space of time given the heat which drained athletes throughout the competition.

The United States made a strong showing in the women's race, with Elva Dryer placing eighth and Amy Rudolph ninth. That helped the United States finish third in the team standings, with 68 points. Morocco won with 57, one point ahead of Ethiopia.