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Britian's Radcliffe Breaks World Record in Women's Half-Marathon - 2003-09-21


British runner Paula Radcliffe has broken the world record in the women's half-marathon, winning the Great North Run in Newcastle, England.

Radcliffe continued her resurgence after illness and injury to finish Sunday's race in one hour, five minutes and 40 seconds. Her time was four seconds faster than the old world mark, set by Kenya's Susan Chepkemei two years ago in Portugal.

Ethiopia's Berhane Adere, the gold medalist in the 10,000 meters at last month's world championships in Paris, was a distant second. She finished one minute and 52 seconds back, while Chepkemei was third (in 1:07.51). Radcliffe missed the world championships with a leg injury and bronchitis. She was sidelined for five months before beginning her comeback earlier in September. Last week, she set a new world record in the five-kilometer road record.

South African Hendrick Ramaala won the men's race in one hour and one second, while Kenya's Jackson Koech was second, four second back.

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