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Radcliffe is thankful on swansong
27 Apr 2015 09:09
A tearful Paula Radcliffe admitted emotion almost got the better of her on her London Marathon farewell.
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The 41-year-old returned to the scene of her finest hour to bring the curtain down on a glorious career on Sunday.
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The world record holder shouted her thanks to the crowds lining the route and linked hands with a club runner down The Mall as she crossed the line in her final competitive marathon in two hours 36 minutes 55 seconds.
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The tears could then flow freely as she embraced her husband Gary Lough and children, daughter Isla and son Raphael.
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"Part of the reason that I wore sunglasses was I thought it might help me to keep control of my emotions a little bit, but they definitely did hide quite a few tears along the way," said Radcliffe, who was the 199th participant across the line.
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"Certainly down Birdcage Walk I really felt I was close to losing it, but I managed to hold it together.
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"There were so many people out on the route and I just wanted to be able to say 'thank you' to as many as possible, but I didn't have that much breath left."
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