Paula Radcliffe last night set a new world 10km road-race record of 30min 21secs in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Defending her title, Radcliffe earned a $100,000 (£60,000) bonus after slicing eight seconds off the previous best mark.
"I knew I was well clear of the field, but I did not know what the distance was," Radcliffe said. "The performance tells me that my training is going better than last year."
Last February, Radcliffe narrowly missed the then world record held by Scotland's Liz McColgan by only four seconds when clocking a time of 30:43.
"My run this evening tells me that I am probably in much better shape than last year. Honestly, I believe I could have run faster," she said.
Radcliffe, scheduled to defend her London Marathon title in April, said: "I have not yet made a decision about tackling the world cross-country [in Lausanne]. I will have to get back into training before making up my mind." In Lausanne, the Bedford star would be chasing a third successive medal.
Jason Gardener suffered a day of frustration in Liévin, France, yesterday. Gardener, a convincing winner of Friday night's Norwich Union Grand Prix 60 metres in 6.49 seconds, lost to the man who was refused a place in Birmingham, Coby Miller.
The American, who won this last 60m event in the Energizer EuroSeries in 6.53sec, 0.01sec faster than the double European indoor champion, had a point to make in defeating Gardener for the second time in five days. "I think I would have won in Birmingham and Jason would have got a much quicker time," asserted Miller.
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