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'Gutsy lady'

She was determined to run a marathon after giving birth to her daughter Isla nine months ago, but a back injury almost finished her. Putting in 140 practice miles per week in training, drawing on her will, and inspired by her daughter and husband, Paula Radcliffe prepared for the New York Marathon. Yesterday she ran it. She led most of the way, and as her closest competitor drew near, she sprinted the last of 26.2 miles across the finish line with a time of two hours, 23 minutes and 10 seconds.

Paula Radcliffe is back on track to win the 2008 Bejing Olympics. She remains the current world record holder for the women's marathon, which she set during the 2003 London Marathon with a time of 2:15:25. She has run seven marathons, and won them all.

Commenting on Paula's fight back from a variety of injuries, former world champion Liz McColgan called her "a very, very, very gutsy lady".