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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 October, 2003, 21:13 GMT 22:13 UK
Radcliffe lands award
Paula Radcliffe
Radcliffe has won the women's award five times
Paula Radcliffe and Darren Campbell have been named athletes of the year at the 41st British Athletics Writers' Association annual awards dinner.

Campbell won the men's award for the first time after winning bronze in the 100m and silver in the 4x100m relay at the World Championships.

The sprinter won the Association's junior award in 1991 and 1992.

Radcliffe has won the women's award for the third year in a row - and for the fourth time - after a year of triumphs.

In February, she broke the 10km world record in San Juan and then in April, broke the marathon world best when she won the Flora London Marathon in 2 hours 15 minutes 25 seconds.

After missing Paris, Radcliffe returned to break the 5km world best in London, win the BUPA Great North Run in the fastest time for a half-marathon, 65:40, and then win the World Half-Marathon Championships in Portugal.

It is a record fifth time that she has been honoured by the BAWA, having won the junior title in 1992.

Kelly Holmes won the Norwich Union award for best performance in a British vest, having won silver in the 800m in Paris after making a late decision to run the event instead of the 1500m.

The junior male athlete of the year was Leon Baptiste, a sprinter who followed in the footsteps of Campbell, Dwain Chambers and Mark Lewis-Francis by winning the 100m gold medal at the European Junior Championships.

Junior female athlete of the year was Charlotte Dale for her performances over the past year that includes winning the European Junior Cross Country Championships and bronze in the 5000m at the European Junior Championships.

The Ron Pickering memorial award for services to athletics was won by Carol Jackson, a leading track and field official who promotes the Bedford International.

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