Radcliffe Wins NYC Half Marathon, Ready For Berlin?

Paula Radcliffe is back to defend her title in 2009. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Paula Radcliffe made a statement winning the NYC Half Marathon. Photo: PhotoRun.net

American Ryan Hall takes third in the men’s race.

Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe of the UK proved she is ready to race as she took an impressive victory at the 2009 New York City Half Marathon, with at time of 1:09:45. Radcliffe took down a stellar field that included world champion Catherine Ndereba and American marathon record holder Deena Kastor. This was a very unconventional “tune-up” race for the Berlin world championship marathon next Sunday. Radcliffe used the race to test our her fitness and her recetly repaired foot. If she decides to race Radcliffe can definitely be considered a gold medal contender.

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On the men’s side the winner was Ethiopian Tadese Tola, in a time of 1:01:06. Tola outdistanced second place finisher Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco by well over a minute. American distance star Ryan Hall finished a very respectable third in a tme of 1:02:35.

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