November 2 2008 – Defending champion and noted marathon mom Paula Radcliffe stormed to victory in today’s New York Marathon and won $130,000 as the first woman to cross the finish line.
Radcliffe became the second woman to win the race three times, but unlike her 2004 and 2007 wins this was by a big margin. Her unofficial time was two hours, 23 minutes, 56 seconds, nearly two minutes ahead of second place finisher Ludmila Petrova of Russia.
Kara Goucher, in her marathon debut, took third, becoming the first American to make the podium since Anne Marie Letko was third in 1994.
New York Marathon results:
1. Paula Radcliffe (GB) 2hrs 23mins 56secs
2. Ludmila Petrova (Rus) 2:25:43
3. Kara Goucher (US) 2:25:53
4. Rita Jeptoo (Ken) 2:27:49
5. Catherine Ndereba (Ken) 2:29:14
6. Gete Wami (Eth) 2:29:25
7. Dire Tune (Eth) 2:29:28
8. Lidia Simon (Rom) 2:30:04
9. Lyubov Morgunova (Rus) 2:30:38
10. Katie McGregor (US) 2:31:14