Posted by: Joe English | October 27, 2008

Racing: Radcliffe wins Great South run in pre-NYC tune-up

Paula Radcliffe at NYC 2007

Paula Radcliffe at NYC 2007

PORTSMOUTH, England — One week before defending her New York City Marathon title, marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe put Olympic disappointment behind her by setting a record in the 16KM Great South Run on Sunday.

Finishing 23rd in the Beijing marathon in August, Radcliffe finished this flat, 16KM road course in a British record of 51 minutes 11 seconds in her first race since the Olympics.

The 34-year-old marathon world record holder showed no effects of the stress fracture to her left hip and the calf injuries that ruined her preparations for Beijing. Winner of seven of the eight marathons she has completed, the Radcliffe will go for her third NYC Marathon victory next Sunday.

Radcliffe will square off once again against Gete Wami, who finished second to her in the 2007 NYC Marathon after a step-for-step match-up that last from start to finish. Wami dropped out of the Olympic Marathon after about 18 miles last August. (For an excellent article about Wami and Radcliffe, click here to visit the New York Times web-site.)

“The only thing to recover from in Beijing was that I wasn’t in shape,” said Radcliffe, who took 30 seconds off the previous national record set 17 years ago by Jill Boltz.

“I hadn’t done enough running. I think I’ve done a bit more now and I felt more confident standing on the start line because you know you’ve done the preparations,” Radcliffe said. “At the Olympic Games I wasn’t prepared and just had to get on with it. I just wanted to use today to have to have a good blowout.”

Kenya’s Bernard Kipyego won the men’s race in 46:42, well ahead of Ireland’s Martin Fagan and defending champion Luke Kibet.

Running Advice and News will have complete coverage from the New York City Marathon starting later this week. Check back here for complete details.

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