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Friday, August 27, 1999 Published at 15:04 GMT 16:04 UK

Radcliffe wins silver in 10,000 metres

Radcliffe led the race until the final lap

Paula Radcliffe has won the silver medal in the 10,000 metres at the World Championship in Seville.

Paula Radcliffe: "My legs are tired"
The 25-year-old Briton took an early lead and led the field for most of the race, but was denied the gold medal by Gete Wami of Ethiopia, who overtook her in the last lap to set a new championship record.

Wami finished in 30 minutes 24.56 seconds, the fastest time of the year.

[ image: Gete Wami of Ethiopia set a new championship record]
Gete Wami of Ethiopia set a new championship record
Radcliffe followed in 30:27.13, setting a new British record, while Tegla Loroupe of Kenya took the bronze with a new Kenyan record of 30:32.03.

In a thrilling finish, Radcliffe regained the lead at the bell only to see Wami rush by her with an incredible finishing kick.

Leroupe took over with three laps to go but could not sustain the punishing pace.

Radcliffe's silver was her first track medal after a succession of near misses at European, world and Olympic level.

'So relieved'

Meanwhile, Cathy Freeman of Australia retained her title in the women's 400 metres, clocking in at 49.67 seconds - the second fastest time of the year.

[ image: Australia's Cathy Freeman won gold in the 400 metres]
Australia's Cathy Freeman won gold in the 400 metres
She surged ahead in the final 50 metres, beating off stiff competition from Germany's Ania Ruecker, who took the silver in a personal best of 49.74 seconds.

Jamaica's Lorraine Graham improved on her best time to take the bronze in 49.92 seconds. There were no Americans in the final for the first time in championship history.

Freeman, 26, who became the first Aborigine to win an Olympic medal when she finished second at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, said she sensed Ruecker accelerating fast on her right as she crossed the finish line.

"I was so pleased and so relieved to cross that finish line," she said. "Yes, I was aware somebody was coming close to me on my right but I didn't know who it was."

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