Radcliffe shatters own world record

April 13, 2003 at 1:50 PM

LONDON, April 13 (UPI) -- Britain's Paula Radcliffe shattered her own world record for a marathon Sunday when she captured her second straight London Marathon on Sunday.

Radcliffe finished in two hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds, besting her previous mark set six months ago in Chicago by 1:53.

London Marathon officials placed eight male pacesetters into the women's race, making it a mixed field eligible for world-best marks, according to the IAAF, track and field's governing body.

The 29-year-old Radcliffe moved ahead of the field at the start and clocked 5:10 on her first mile, which was nearly her average pace throughout the race.

Catherine Ndereba of Kenya finished second in 2:19.54.

Deena Drossin of the United States was third in 2:21.16, surpassing the previous American best of 2:26.53 set by Joan Benoit in 1985.

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