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April 17, 2005

London Marathon

Paula Radcliffe overcame the agony of failing to complete the marathon and the 10,000 m at the Athens Olympics to win the London Marathon.

The Briton, who set the world record of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds in the 2003 London race, won her fifth big city marathon in 2:17:42, the third fastest time ever.

There was a momentary alarm for Radcliffe and the spectators cheering her on at the 35km mark when the 31-year revived memories of her Athens nightmare by stopping briefly and squatting by the side of the road.

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