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Radcliffe is in record form in quickfire time; ATHLETICS.

PAULA RADCLIFFE yesterday followed up her British 5,000 metres track record by equalling the world best for a five kilometre road race.

Less than 48 hours after setting a new British mark on the track in Berlin, Radcliffe drew on hidden reserves in the Flora Light Challenge for Women in London's Hyde Park Hyde Park, park, London, England
Hyde Park, 615 acres (249 hectares) in Westminster borough, London, England. Once the manor of Hyde, a part of the old Westminster Abbey property, it became a deer park under Henry VIII.

Running at the head of 20,000 fun runners, she recorded a time of 14 minutes, 57 seconds to hold off the challenge of Kenya's Tegla Loroupe Tegla Loroupe (born May 9, 1973 in Kapsait, Kenya) is a long-distance track and road runner, and a global spokeswoman for peace, women's rights, and education.

Loroupe holds the world records for 20, 25 and 30 kilometres and previously held the world marathon record.
 by six seconds.

Early pacemaker Derartu Tulu Derartu Tulu (born March 21, 1972) is an Ethiopian long distance track, road and marathon athlete.

She was born in the same village Bokoji in Arsi Province as Kenenisa Bekele, the male running sensation.
, Ethiopia's Olympic and world 10,000 metre champion and winner of this year's London Marathon The London Marathon is a road marathon that has been held each year in London since 1981, usually in April. In addition to being one of the top five international marathons run over the traditional distance of 42.  - was a distant third in 15:35.

Radcliffe broke up the field at the halfway mark on her way to a fantastic victory by 70m.

The world half-marathon champion's performance equalled the time set by Liz McColgan 10 years ago in Chicago.

The International Amateur Athletic Federation do not recognise the distance for world record purposes, and it is understood the Scot's mark in the United States was achieved on a downhill course.

Statistician Ian Hodge insisted if there had been electric hand timing Radcliffe's time would have been superior to McColgan's.

"There's no doubt in my mind she was much quicker than 14:57 - but that's British timekeeping for you!

"This course was as twisty and unpleasant as any I have seen.

All credit for Paula running so quickly. On a more normal course she would have sliced a massive amount from her time."

Delighted at her performance, Radcliffe said, "I'm really delighted to have put together two back-to-back races like this."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 3, 2001
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