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  Radcliffe's marathon attempt ends
Updated 23 August 2004, 09.53
Paula is escorted away
Paula Radcliffe pulled out of the Olympic marathon at the 36km mark as the scorching heat and humidity left her exhausted and unable to carry on.

The British world record holder and favourite to win was leading for the first 15km, but then slipped to fourth and stopped, looking very distressed.

She bravely tried to restart, but stopped again and finally gave up.

The race was eventually won by Japan's Mizuki Noguchi who took the gold in two hours 26 minutes and 20 seconds.

Kenyan Catherine Ndereba took silver, and America's Deena Kastor clinched bronze.

Promising start

Radcliffe, who skipped this year's London marathon to concentrate on Olympic training, finished just seven kilometres from the end, and sat slumped on the side of the road with her head in her hands.

Two hours earlier it had all looked very promising for Radcliffe, but experts pointed out she never seemed comfortable in the blazing conditions in Athens.

More medals

Elsewhere in the Olympics there was more misery when Mark Lewis-Francis and Jason Gardener failed to make the men's 100m final, both finishing fifth in their finals.

Team GB's rowers added another medal to their pile, after they took silver in the women's quadruple sculls.

This, along with Kelly Sotherton's bronze in the heptathlon takes Britain's overall medal haul to 20.

That means Team GB is doing as well as it did in Barcelona in 1992.

Four years ago they won 28 medals but there is still time to up the tally yet.

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