Leaving the Pack Behind

Paula Radcliffe used to be the pluckiest loser on the track. Knowing only one way to run — at the front — made her a favorite with the fans but for 10 years failed to win her major titles. After leading the 10,000-m races from the gun at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and at the World Championships in Edmonton last year, she was overtaken in the home straight to take fourth in each. The British runner was, though, successful off the track — winning world half-marathon and cross-country titles for the past two years. This year her track results...

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