British long distance runner Paula Radcliffe won the 2008 New York City Marathon today, by a comfortable margin. This is the third time she has won the coveted title.
“It was my goal to come here and to win it for a third time, and just go a tiny little way to the way of achieving what Grete achieved, so I’m happy to do that,” said Radcliffe.
Radcliffe now becomes just the second woman to have won the marathon three times. She won it earlier in 2004 and 2007. The second and the third positions were taken by Russia’s Ludmila Petrova and American Kara Goucher, respectively. Kara also broke the record for the fastest time on debut by an American woman.
Paula won in eight marathon races, out of ten she has started in. While she can beat almost everyone outside an Olympic arena and is considered a legend in the sport, it has been her hard luck playing all the time when it comes to the Olympics. She took part in both 2004 and 2008 editions, but had to cope with dismal health conditions both the times.
“It does make it frustrating because you think, ‘Why can I get it right all the time in New York and I can’t get it right there?'” Radcliffe said. “But sometimes you have to take what life gives you.”
In the men’s race, Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil won the title the second time in three years. He finished with a time of 2:08:43. While Abderrahim Goumri of Morocco was second, Daniel Rono of Kenya finished with the third position.
More photos and a video of Paula Radcliffe are below.
Paula Radcliffe Video