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Fagan impresses in Portsmouth


from RTE sport website Ireland’s Martin Fagan has finished second in the BUPA Great South Run in Portsmouth. Bernard Kipyego kept the title in Kenyan hands after crossing the line well clear of Fagan and his fellow countryman and defending champion Luke Kibet in a time of 46 minutes 42secondss.

Paula Radcliffe narrowly missed achieving a world 10-mile best performance with a runaway victory.

Radcliffe, competing for the first time since the disappointment of not winning a medal in the Olympic marathon, blazed around the very flat south-coast course in a time of 51 minutes 11 seconds.

It was a UK-best performance by beating the 51mins 41secs which Jill Boltz achieved 17 years ago in in New York.

Radcliffe quickly stamped her authority over her rivals by racing through the second mile in 4mins 57secs and opening a massive lead.

The victory, particularly with such a convincing performance, will be a massive fillip for Radcliffe before defending her New York Marathon title next Sunday.

More importantly Radcliffe appeared not to be suffering any ill effects from the stress fracture to her left hip nor the calf injuries which wrecked her Olympic marathon ambitions.