On this day in 2002: Paula Radcliffe wins the Chicago Marathon in a world record time

Paula Radcliffe won the Chicago Marathon on this day in 2002 with a world record time of two hours, 17 minutes and 18 seconds.

The then 28-year-old Brit beat the mark set by Kenyan Catherine Ndereba last year by 89 seconds.

Radcliffe made her 26-mile, 385-yard debut in April, winning the London Marathon with a world record for an all-women race of 2:18:56.

After finishing ahead of Ndereba (2:19:26) and Japan’s Yoko Shibui (2:21:22) in Chicago, Radcliffe said, “I held back in the first half and then a little bit in the second half worked forward. I ran with some US guys most of the time and they really helped me.

“Plus there was a lot of support out there for me. I thought it would be very quiet after London, but it wasn’t at all. I was amazed at how many Brits were out there.”

Radcliffe had also retained her World Cross Country title and won Commonwealth gold medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m in 2002.

And she said, “I have the world record, so it has to be at the top.

“I’ve been working towards that since London and my track races have gone 100 per cent to plan. Then we walked away and put in a lot of hard work and I’m just glad it all paid off.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/paula-radcliffe-chicago-london-commonwealth-always-b2201738.html On this day in 2002: Paula Radcliffe wins the Chicago Marathon in a world record time

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