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Paula Radcliffe






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Paula's Early Senior Career

After showing herself to be a strong senior in her early international career in 1993, she missed the 1994 season through injury, but came back to place 5th at the 1995 Worlds and 1996 Olympics, and move up to 4th at the 1997 Worlds, all at 5000m.

She won the European cross-country title on her comeback from the illness that had affected her track form at the championships in 1998. She also won the 5th Avenue (road) Mile in New York in 1996 and 1997 and was 3rd in the IAAF World Cross Challenge series in 1997.


1st -  International Cross-country event over 4.8km in Northern Ireland.

Paula won the IAAF World Cross Challenge in Mallusk.

Paula won the Cross-Country Championship in Blackburn.

Paula won the British Cross-Country Championship in Northumberland.


Paula won the  Paulen Memorial 5000m in Hengelo.

She was 2nd in the KP Games 5000m at Crystal Palace.

Paula came 5th  in the IAAF World Championships 5000m in Gothenburg.


Paula won the IAAF Cross Challenge in Durham.

Paula won the IAAF Cross Challenge in Mallusk.


Paula was 5th in the Olympic 5000m in Atlanta.

Click to see pictures of Paula in Atlanta


Paula won the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York.


Paula was 2nd in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Turin.

Paula won the Crescent City Classic 10k in New Orleans.

Paula was 4th in the IAAF World Championship 5000m in Athens.

Paula was 3rd in the IAAF Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka.

Paula won the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York.


Paula was 2nd in IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Marrakesh, and 2nd in the European track Challenge in Lisbon.

She set a world road best for 5 miles at 24:54 in 1998 in Balmoral, and reduced that time to 24:47, and also set a world best at 8km in 24:38.

She set a British record for 2 miles in the Loughborough International.

Paula won the European Cross-Country Championships in Ferara.

She made the fastest ever track debut for 10,000m when 2nd in 1998 European Challenge in 30:48.58.

Paula had a brilliant win in the European Cup at 5,000m, when her 14:48.79 was just three seconds off her UK record. She broke that with 14:43.54 when 2nd at the British Grand Prix. In Zürich she took Zola Budd's 14-year-old Commonwealth record at 3000m.

Then came one of the greatest runs ever seen, as she forced the pace throughout, despite searing heat in Seville; she was passed on the last lap by Gete Wami, but won a glorious silver medal in the World Championships in a new Commonwealth 10,000m record time of 30:27.13.


Paula was 3rd in the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Belfast.

She took nearly eight seconds off her Commonwealth record for 10,000m when winning the European Challenge race at Bilbao, Barakaldo, Spain in 30:40.70 by a minute from many of Europe's best.

Paula won the Compaq 5 miles (World best) in Balmoral.

Paula was 2nd at the IAAF World Championships 10,000m in Seville.

Paula in Seville


Paula was 3rd in the BUPA Great North Run in South Shields, Manchester.

She was elected as British Female Athlete of the Year in 1999.