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Paula Radcliffe battles back from injuries

Thirty-four-year old Paula Radcliffe "hit the front from the start and pushed the pace all of the way, running into the teeth of a strong headwind for most of the 26.2 miles" to win the women's division of the New York Marathon for the third time - and raise the flag with a steady smile.

The world record holder was so dominant in gusty conditions at the New York City Marathon that she served in the dual roles of leader and windbreaker and still breezed to a comfortable victory Sunday. . .

I've run marathons. Anyone who has can imagine what it took Paula to run New York in those conditions in 2hr 23min 56sec.

A fellow runner said, "I feel bad that Paula did so much work but. . .she was so tough, she just hammered us with eight miles to go."

. . .Radcliffe won with negative splits, running the second half of the race almost three minutes quicker than the first, another testament to the stamina she had left, even though the opening mile took a slow 6:31, such was the wind as the runners made the steep climb out of Staten Island into Brooklyn across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Paula's philosophy, which she attributed to her dad - "'Never look behind you, it's a sign of weakness.'"

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