Sunda, November 2, 2008. (AP) -- Paula Radcliffe has defended her title at the New York City Marathon to become the second woman to win the race three times.
Unlike her tight victories in 2004 and '07, the world record holder from Great Britain pulled away from Ludmila Petrova in the 22nd mile to win comfortably Sunday in an unofficial time of two hours, 23 minutes, 55 seconds.
The 40-year-old Russian was second. That made her the oldest woman to finish in the top two since Priscilla Welch of Great Britain won in 1987 at the age of 42.
Kara Goucher, in her marathon debut, took third, becoming the first American to make the podium since Anne Marie Letko was third in 1994. Grete Waitz won the race a record nine times, the last in 1988.
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