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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.

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 by six seconds.

Early pacemaker Derartu Tulu, Ethiopia's Olympic and world 10,000 metre champion and winner of this year's London Marathon - 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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