IAAF.org: Radcliffe wipes out the opposition in Vilamoura
A combination of very hot sunshine and and a twisting course
2003-10-06Paula Radcliffe may not have delivered the World Half Marathon best performance everyone was forecasting when the 12th Championships took place in Vilamoura, Portugal today.
However, clinching a third IAAF World Half Marathon title in four years, Radcliffes winning margin of one minute and 27 seconds was the greatest ever achieved in the 12 year history of the Championships.
A combination of very hot sunshine and and a twisting course at the Portugese venue, saw Radcliffe drastically slow around the halfway point, although still running the world class time of 67 minutes 35 seconds. For the second time in less than a fortnight, Radcliffe quickly destroyed the hopes of Ethiopias defending champion Berhane Adere, runner-up in 69:02 and the unexpected bronze medallist from Australia Benita Johnson, who ran 69:26.
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