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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 August, 2004, 15:09 GMT 16:09 UK
Photos of Paula's pain
British fans turn out to support Paula Radcliffe
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Expectant British fans line the streets of Athens as they look to cheer world record holder Paula Radcliffe to marathon gold
Mizuki Noguchi and Paula Radcliffe
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Japan's Mizuki Noguchi and Paula Radcliffe are side by side as the leading group starts to pull away from the field
Mizuki Noguchi and Elfenesh Alemu start to put some daylight between themselves and the rest of the field
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With 16 miles of the race completed, Noguchi and Ethiopia's Elfenesh Alemu make a break leaving Radcliffe behind
Paula Radcliffe is left dejected at the roadside
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After seven miles of trying to keep pace with the leaders, the conditions overwhelm Radcliffe who is forced to pull out
Two of Paula Radcliffe's supporters offer the British star some help
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Two supporters rush to her aid as the situation reduces the British number one to tears
A tearful Paula Radcliffe is driven from the track
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Now safely inside one of the support vehicles, Radcliffe is driven back to the stadium to recover
Mizuki Noguchi begins a final lap of the stadium
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With one of her main rivals gone, Noguchi pushes into the stadium where she is followed by Kenya's Catherine Ndereba
Mizuki Noguchi claims Japan's second consecutive gold in the women's marathon
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Mizuki Noguchi holds on for victory as Ndereba claims silver and the USA's Deena Kastor takes bronze
Distraught British fans lament Radcliffe's lack of success
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With all the medals accounted for, British fans realise that Paula's long awaited challenge for Olympic gold is over
Paula Radcliffe
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The day after the race, Radcliffe is again unable hold back the tears as she attempts to explain what went wrong




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