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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Paula Radcliffe bows out in style

Paula Radcliffe celebrating completing the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon
Paula Radcliffe celebrating completing the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon

A tearful Paula Radcliffe shouted her thanks to the thousands of fans lining the roads and linked hands with a club runner as she brought the curtain down on her glorious career.

The 41-year-old returned to the scene of her finest hour - her staggering world record of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds set on the streets of the capital in 2003 - to race her final competitive marathon.

The days of running those sorts of times are over, but the cheers from the crowds were as loud for her as any of the champions as she came home in 2hrs 36mins 55secs.

"When I got into the last couple of miles I thought, 'I really have to savour this and enjoy it as much as possible and thank as many people as possible'," said Radcliffe.

Ethiopia's Tigist Tufa ended Kenya's domination of the women's race with a shock victory.

Eliud Kipchoge completed his transformation from track world champion to world-class marathon runner after a titanic tussle with fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang.

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