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Sunday, 13 October, 2002, 14:49 GMT 15:49 UK
Clockwatch: Chicago Marathon
All the action from the Chicago Marathon as Paula Radcliffe smashes the world marathon record to cap an amazing year.

Paula Radcliffe produced an amazing piece of front-running to smash the women's world marathon record.

  Women's Race:
Final positions
1 P Radcliffe (GB)
2hrs 17mins 18secs WR
2 C Ndereba (Ken)
2:19:26

She led from the front and crossed the line in two hours 17 minutes and 18 seconds - 89 seconds inside the old record.

She broke from her main rival, former world record holder Catherine Ndereba with about 10 miles to go.

In the men's race, world record holder Khalid Khannouchi won the race for the fourth time, but just slipped outside the world record pace, finishing in two hours five minutes and 56 seconds.


1548 BST: Paula Radcliffe completes the best marathon run ever seen by a woman, finishing in two hours 17 minutes 18 seconds.

Her time beats the old mark by 89 seconds.

1543 BST: Radcliffe moves to within sight of the final stretch, on the verge of making history.

1541 BST: Radcliffe needs to run the final mile inside seven minutes to break the world record. She has been well inside that pace so far.

1538 BST: Attention switches to Paula Radcliffe, with fans lining the streets as she enters the final two miles.

1536 BST: Khalid Khannouchi wins the Chicago Marathon for the fourth time but he finishes, agonisingly, 18 seconds outside his own world record.

1534 BST: The American runner Khannouchi moves ever closer to the finish.

1531 BST: Khannouchi passes the two-hour mark in the tunnel and is very close to world record pace with around one mile remaining.

1530 BST: Khannouchi has closed the gap on Takaoka and hits the front.

1524 BST: There are around two miles to go In the men's race. Khannouchi makes a break from the pack chasing Takaoaka, followed by Paul Tergat. They are around 40 metres back.

1522 BST: Radcliffe clocks 5mins 10secs for the 21st mile, and is still showing no signs of slipping off the pace. She looks capable of running under two hours 18 minutes.

1517 BST: At the 20-mile mark Radcliffe is clocked at one hour 44mins and 42secs - still inside world record pace.

1515 BST: Radcliffe is now 22 seconds ahead of Ndereba, and as she passes 19 miles she is around one minute inside world record pace.

1510 BST: The Japanese runner Takaoka has increased his lead over the chasing pack, and he reaches 20 miles on schedule for a world best time.

1508 BST: Radcliffe takes on fluid at the 17-mile mark and she is still running smoothly, although her face shows signs of pain.

1505 BST: Radcliffe's split times show no sign of slowing and, as she did in the London Marathon in April, the British runner is, in fact, getting quicker. The gap between her and Ndereba is growing.

1459 BST: The tall Japanese runner Takaoka Toshinari makes a break in the men's race, running about 20 metres clear - with about eight miles to go.

1455 BST: Radcliffe is around 25 metres ahead of Ndereba - and with third-place Yoko Shibui dropping off the pace, it looks as those the race will be between the front two.

1451 BST: The leading men move through the 15-mile mark, with just one pacemaker remaining in the pack. Moroccco's Abdelkader El Mouaziz hits the front, with Khannouchi close behind.

1450 BST: Radcliffe discards her distinctive light blue hat as she moves into the last hour of the race.

1440 BST: Radcliffe has opened up a gap of around 50 metres on Ndereba as she reaches the half-way point in 69 minutes five seconds - 30 seconds inside world record pace.

1435 BST: The men pass the half-marathon point in 62mins and 30 secs. If they maintain the same pace, the winner will clock two hours five minutes exactly. That would be 42 seconds inside Khannouchi's best-ever time.

1430 BST: The men and women are both approaching the half-way mark of the race and both sexes remain on course for very quick times.

1426 BST: The leading women continue at their world record pace - Radcliffe goes through 10 miles in 52mins 37secs. Catherine Ndereba and Yoko Shibui remain on her shoulder.

1425 BST: The men have completed their 11th mile and are continuing at their consistently quick pace. The splits for the last three miles are 4mins 40secs, 4:50 and 4:39.

1415 BST: The leading three women - Radcliffe, Ndereba and Shibui - have ensconced themselves in a group of men's elite runners, and are separated by mere seconds.

1410 BST: Paul Tergat, who feared the cold conditions could hamper his effort, is currently leading the group behind the pacemakers in the men's race.

1405 BST: Some 35 minutes after the race beginning, both the men's and women's races are very fast. Radcliffe is currently set to run under two hours 17 minutes.

1400 BST: Paula still leads the way in the women's race, but Japan's Yoko Shibui is about two seconds behind.

1353 BST: The first reports on Radcliffe's times suggest she has gone through four miles in 21mins 4secs - almost exactly on world record pace.

1350 BST: The men finish their fourth mile in 4mins 44secs keeping up their fast pace.

1345 BST: Paula Radcliffe, wearing a light blue hat and white gloves is looking comfortable amid a group of the men's elite runners. It appears she heads the women's race, ahead of Cathereine Ndereba and Deena Drossin.

1340 BST: The men's pacemakers have begun at a fast rate. The first mile was completed in 4mins 49secs and the second in 4:43.

1335 BST: The pacemakers in the men's race move to the front, leading a pack which includes favourite Khalid Khannouchi.

1330 BST: The runners begin in sunny, but rather cold conditions in Chicago. Paula Radcliffe begins among the main group, starting alongside the elite men.


Paula's triumph

Steve Cram

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