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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 October, 2004, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Ramaala secures Great South
Hendrick Ramaala
Ramaala in Athens, where he dropped out through injury
South African Hendrick Ramaala defied strong winds in Portsmouth to claim victory in the Bupa Great South Run.

Ramaala, who only flew in on Friday as a late entry, clocked 47 minutes 14 seconds, with Kenyan Francis Bowen runner-up in 47:16.

"In better conditions I am certain the time would have been much quicker," said Ramaala, twice a former winner.

Australian Benita Johnson finished well clear in the women's race, with a winning time of 53:32.

Both Ramaala and Johnson will take part in next month's New York Marathon on 7 November.

Ramaala added: "It was still a very hard race against a strong field but also good preparation for New York City."

Johnson, whose nearest rival was Portugal's Jessica Augusto in 53:17, said: "It was tough going out there and with the high work rate I have had in training, I felt a little tired."

Of the British competitors, Keith Cullen was sixth in 48:14 and Charlotte Dale took 40 seconds off her personal best to clock 53:49 for fifth place.

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