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published October 14, 2002


British woman sets record in marathon

Britain's Paula Radcliffe ran the fastest marathon by a woman Sunday in her second effort.

The 28-year-old's triumph in the Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 18 seconds was 89 seconds faster than the world best set by Catherine Ndereba of Kenya in the same race last year. Ndereba was a distant second on Sunday.

"It's rounded off a brilliant year for me," said Radcliffe, a two-time world cross-country champion. "I was really just concentrating on my race, waiting until I got to 15, 16 miles until I ran a bit quicker."

Khalid Khannouchi, born in Morocco but a U.S. citizen, won the men's race in 2:05:56, his fourth title in Chicago.

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MORE RUNNING: Viktoria Klimina of Russia set a course record in the Ocean State Marathon in Providence, R.I., finishing in 2:28:30. The mark of 2:30:28 was set last year by Tatyana Pozdnykov of Russia. Elly Rono of Kenya took the men's title. ... St. Petersburg's Mary Ann Protz, 46, won the masters division of the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, Pa., in 3:12:42. She placed 142nd overall out of 1,700. Former Clearwater resident Steve Wilson, 43, won the men's masters title (2:38:23), finishing ninth overall.

CYCLING: Mario Cipollini, who came out of retirement two months ago, won his first world championship road title in Zolder, Belgium. He finished the 159 miles on one of the flattest circuits in world championship history in 5:30:03.

COLLEGES: In tennis, Florida junior Julie Rotondi defeated Missouri's Urska Juric 7-5, 7-5 for the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship consolation singles title in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Duke sophomore Kelly McCain of Tampa won the championship. At the Miami Fall Classic, FSU's Mat Cloer, Jeff Groslimond, Chip Webb, Rodrigo Laub and Hagen Endler won singles matches against Florida Atlantic. Romain Jurd, Endler and Groslimond went on to win against Miami. In doubles, FSU swept its three matches with Florida Atlantic, and split two doubles matches with Miami. ... Host Florida beat Mississippi 3-0 in volleyball. ... In soccer, the host USF women defeated Memphis 2-0. Paul Reynolds of Tampa had two goals and two assists as host Saint Leo defeated Christian Brothers 5-1. The host Tampa men lost to Central Arkansas 2-1. The host Florida women beat Arkansas 2-1.

SURFING: Cory Lopez of Indian Rocks Beach was defeated by Flavio Padaratz of Brazil in Heat 5 and brother Shea was beaten by Neco Padaratz of Brazil in Heat 12. Mick Fanning of Australia won the event in Euskadi, Spain.

BOXING: Antonio Margarito defended his WBO welterweight title with a unanimous decision over third-rated challenger Danny Perez, and Eric Morel retained his WBA flyweight title for the fifth time by knocking out Denkaosaen Kaowichit in the 11th round in Anaheim, Calif. ... Epifanio Mendoza knocked out Tokunbo Olajide in the first round of a 10-round junior middleweight fight in New York.

TENNIS: Paul-Henri Mathieu beat Gustavo Kuerten 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to win France's Lyon Grand Prix. ... Kim Clijsters beat Daniela Hantuchova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win the Porsche Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany. ... Roger Federer beat Jiri Novak 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 to win the CA Trophy in Vienna. ... Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian upset Magdalena Maleeva 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the Swisscom Challenge's first round in Zurich.

OBITUARY: Audrey Mestre, 28, of France, who attempted to break the world free-diving record near Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Saturday, drowned, initial autopsy reports suggested. Mestre lived in Miami.

HORSES: Lapuma upset favored Volga in the $112,200 Dowager Stakes at Keeneland. ... Humorous Lady won the $150,000 Grade II Astarita Stakes and Boston Bull won by 4 lengths in the Grade III, $103,700 Cowdin Stakes at Belmont Park. ... Johar won the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby at Santa Anita.

AMERICA'S CUP: OneWorld of Seattle finished the first round of the challenger series unbeaten, defeating Oracle of San Francisco by 40 seconds in a makeup race in Auckland, New Zealand. Britain's GBR Challenge won its third consecutive race, beating Italy's Mascalzone Latino by :54 to finish with four wins from eight races.

WORLD VOLLEYBALL: In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Brazil beat Russia 3-2 to win its first title.

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