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Radcliffe tunes up for NYC Marathon with victory

  In this Aug. 17, 2008 file photo, Paula Radcliffe of Britain finishes the women's marathon at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. World record-hol...

Radcliffe NYC Marathon

In this Aug. 17, 2008 file photo, Paula Radcliffe of Britain finishes the women's marathon at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. World record-hol...

A week before she defends her New York Marathon title, Paula Radcliffe shrugged off her Olympic flop by easily winning the 10-mile (16-kilometer) Great South Run in a fast time on Sunday.
A disappointing 23rd in Beijing in August, Radcliffe finished in 51 minutes, 41 seconds on a flat road race course in her first race since the Olympics.
The 34-year-old British runner showed no effects of the stress fracture to her left hip and the calf injuries that ruined her preparations for Beijing. Winner of seven of the eight marathons she has completed, Radcliffe is the world record holder for that distance and will go for her third NYC Marathon victory on Nov. 2.
Portugal's Jessica Augusto held off the challenge of Magdalene Mukunzi of Kenya to finish second.
Kenya's Bernard Kipyego won the men's race in 46:42, well ahead of Ireland's Martin Fagan and defending champion Luke Kibet.