Paula Radcliffe finishes 3rd in comeback race
Sunday, May 29, 2011
LONDON (AP) -- Marathon world-record holder Paula Radcliffe made her comeback Monday after an 18-month absence from competition, finishing third in a 10-kilometer road race in central London.
The 37-year-old Radcliffe posted a time of 33 minutes, 17 seconds in the London 10,000, nearly 3 minutes slower than the world record she set for the distance in 2003.
It was the English long-distance runner's first race since finishing fourth at the New York City Marathon in 2009, and she says she was hampered by an injury to her back.
Radcliffe said "it was a bit of a disaster ... at 4km, I just started to go backwards."
Compatriot Jo Pavey won in 32:22, with Gemma Steel second. England's Mo Farah, the double European champion, won the men's 10k race in 29:15.