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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 April, 2005, 12:17 GMT 13:17 UK
Radcliffe heads GB marathon team
Paula Radcliffe shows off her medal after winning the 2005 London Marathon
Paula Radcliffe will head up Great Britain's five-strong women's marathon squad at this August's World Athletics Championships in Helsinki.

The 31-year-old was selected after another dominant display saw her win a third London Marathon crown on Sunday.

Mara Yamauchi, Hayley Haining, Debbie Mason and Liz Yelling complete the team while Tracey Morris is in reserve.

Jon Brown, who grabbed sixth place in a competitive London race, Huw Lobb and Dan Robinson lead the men's charge.

Radcliffe proved she is back to her devastating best, winning the London crown in two hours, 17 minutes and 42 seconds.

But the world record holder is still undecided about whether to contest the marathon or the 10,000m as she bids for her first track title at the worlds.

If you look at the strength of other teams to get a medal for the team would be an achievement
World marathon record holder
Paula Radcliffe

There will be no such dilemmas for Yamauchi, who set a new personal best of 2:31.52 to earn selection.

Yelling was selected subject to her recovering from a calf injury that saw her struggling with cramp in London.

Morris, a surprise qualifier for last summer's Olympic Games, was only named as a reserve as she was unable to compete in London because of injury.

Brown once again proved he is Britain's top male marathon runner by setting a personal best of 2:09.31 in London.

The Sheffield-born athlete, who is based in Canada, has finished fourth in the last two Olympic Games and will be looking to get among the medals in Helsinki.





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