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Radcliffe concedes NYC title PAULA RADCLIFFE'S.

PAULA RADCLIFFE'S reign as New York City Marathon champion ended as the world record holder was fourth behind Ethiopian veteran Deratu Tulu.

After six months on the sidelines recovering from surgery, Radcliffe, 35, was running her first marathon since winning this race 12 months ago.

She missed the world championship in Berlin in August and then sat out the world half-marathon championships in Birmingham last month.

The Briton led from the gun but the slow pace meant she was unable to shake off her rivals.

At 23 miles, she was dropped from the leading group as Russia's Ludmila Petrova took off followed by Tulu and France's Christelle Daunay.

Two-time Olympic 10,000 metres champion Tulu, 37, shook off Daunay and then Petrova as she turned for home at the 26-mile mark and won the race in two hours 28 minutes and 52 seconds, eight seconds ahead of the Russian with Daunay third in 2:29:16 and Radcliffe finishing fourth in 2:29:27.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 2, 2009
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