Posted April 13, 2012 on AP on Fox
Paula Radcliffe will get a head start of 7 minutes, 52 seconds on the Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie at a special half-marathon event in Vienna on Sunday. Radcliffe's advantage equals the difference between their personal bests over the 13.1-mile distance. It's her first race of the year, four months before the London Olympic marathon. ''I hope to be able to produce a good solid run and I would be happy with a time of sub 70 minutes,'' Radcliffe said Friday. ''I hope it does not come to a sprint in the final 100 meters - in this case I know on who my money would be.'' Radcliffe has not raced since qualifying for the Olympics, coming third in the Berlin marathon in September. The 38-year-old Briton said, who is seeking her first Olympic medal in London, said her training has been interrupted by an illness. ''I had a difficult past two weeks because of a bronchitis,'' Radcliffe said. ''There were times when I tho...

Gebrselassie beats Radcliffe in half-marathon race

Haile Gebrselassie won a special half-marathon event ahead of the Vienna City Marathon Sunday after chasing Paula Radcliffe, who started the race 7 minutes, 52 seconds earlier. The Ethiopian great overtook Radcliffe after 9.5 miles and finished in an unofficial time of 1 hour, 52 seconds. Radcliffe, who timed 1:12:03, planned to use the exhibition event as preparation for the Olympics...
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