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Athletics: Gebrselassie beats Radcliffe in half-marathon race

Haile Gebrselassie won a special half-marathon event ahead of the Vienna City Marathon Sunday after chasing Paula Radcliffe, who started the race 7 minutes, 52 seconds earlier

AP, Sunday 15 Apr 2012
Haile Gebrselassie and Paula Radcliffe
Ethiopian world marathon record holder Haile Gebrselassie and Paula Radcliffe of the UK wave to the crowd after the half marathon race during the Vienna City Marathon in Vienna April 15, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
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The Ethiopian great overtook Radcliffe after 9.5 miles and finished in an unofficial time of 1 hour, 52 seconds.

Radcliffe, who timed 1:12:03, planned to use the exhibition event as preparation for the Olympics in London in August. Her training was interrupted by bronchitis over the past two weeks.

Radcliffe's head start of 7:52 equaled the difference between her and Gebrselassie's personal bests over the 13.1-mile distance.

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