Posted by: Joe English | August 17, 2009

Racing — Radcliffe and Tola win New York Half Marathon

running-advice-bugNEW YORK — The winners of this year’s NYC Half-Marathon are growing accustomed to breaking the tape in New York’s most coveted races. Three-time ING New York City Marathon winner Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain and NYC Half defending champion Tadese Tola of Ethiopia triumphed again today on the streets of NYC.

Despite warm, humid conditions, the top men and women took off quickly as the horn sounded at 7:00 a.m. in Central Park. Radcliffe, who’s run history’s fastest-ever half-marathon (1:05:40) but had never raced the distance in the United States, led Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska, while defending champion Catherine Ndereba of Kenya kept close company.

As the women left the park in the eighth mile, Radcliffe made a break and never looked back. She hadn’t raced since her ING New York City Marathon victory last November, and she entered the NYC Half just this week as a test of her fitness and recovery from bunion surgery in March. She’ll decide in the next few days whether she will run the IAAF World Championships Marathon in Berlin on August 23.

“I needed to blow out some racing cobwebs,” said Radcliffe. “I’m the first to admit that this is an unorthodox way to test myself for a marathon—running a half-marathon a week out.”

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