24 FEB 2003 General News San Juan, Puerto Rico

Radcliffe breaks World 10km road race best

Paula Radcliffe running 10km in San Juan (Copyright: Brian J. Myers / Photo Run)Paula Radcliffe running 10km in San Juan (Copyright: Brian J. Myers / Photo Run) © Copyright

Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, the holder of the world’s best time for the women’s Marathon, set a new World best 10km road race performance on Sunday (Feb 23). Her time of 30:21 reduced by eight seconds the previous record, which was established by Morocco's Asmae Leghzaoui (30:29) in New York last June.

“That tells me I’m probably in better shape than last year. I honestly think I could have run faster, ” confirmed Radcliffe.

Then in reference to her preparations for the defence of London Marathon title in April, Radcliffe commented, “I have not decided about the World Cross Country Championships yet.”

Last year, she retained her World long course title just prior to her Marathon debut in London, and there are hopes that the 29-year-old might still consider running at the World Cross Country Championships which take place in Lausanne (29-30 March), if not at the long distance again then perhaps in the short course race.

In the men's 10km race in San Juan, South Africa's Hendrick Ramaala won in a tight finish with Kenya Linus Maiyo, with both runners being credited with the same time of 28:16

Men:

1 Hendrick Ramaala - 28.16
2 Linus Maiyo - 28.16
3 Robert Cheruiyot - 28:23
4 David Karanja - 28:23
5 Paul Tergat - 28:31
6 Gilbert Koech - 28:34

Women:

1 Paula Radcliffe - 30:21
2 Asmae Leghzaoui - 31:35
3 Esther Kiplagat - 32:53
4 Lyubov Kremleva - 33:13
5 Jane Kiptoo - 33:19

BBC / Agencies