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News Archive Kiplagat beats Radcliffe in Puerto Rico

Just three weeks before she attempts to recapture the World Cross Country title

in Brussels, Belgium (20/21 March), Britains Paula Radcliffe has suffered an

unexpected defeat by the Netherlands Lorna Kiplagat over 10km on the road in

Puerto Rico.

It was both Radcliffes and Kiplagats first race of 2004, and marked a return

to the scene of the event in which the Briton set her World record performance

12 months ago (30:21), but Kiplagat, who finished fifth at last summers World

10,000m final in Paris in a national record (30:12.53), was victorious this


In very windy conditions, Kenyan-born Kiplagat - who took out Dutch

citizenship last year when marrying coach Pieter Langerhorst - won in a time of


That was four seconds quicker than World Marathon record holder Radcliffe,

who was chasing a third-successive victory at the event.

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