NEW YORK — Paula Radcliffe sat waist-deep in an ice bath after winning the New York City Half-Marathon on Sunday, contemplating her next move.
Radcliffe’s reconstructed right foot felt "fine" in her first race since winning the NYC Marathon nine months ago. She planned to hop a flight to Berlin on Sunday night and decide whether to run the marathon for Britain at the world championships on Aug. 23.
Radcliffe crossed the line Sunday in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 45 seconds for her seventh straight victory in New York. She finished 2 seconds off the course record, but the marathon world-record holder said her "legs felt a bit heavy in the last few miles."
"I’m kind of a little bit race rusty," Radcliffe said. "I need to see how I am over the next couple of days."
She pulled away from Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia, who was second in 1:11:04, at the 7-mile mark after exiting Central Park. Catherine Ndereba of Kenya, who set the course record in 2006, was third in 1:11:56.
Defending champion Tadese Tola of Ethiopia easily won the men’s race in 1:01:06, running solo after a sprint start to distance himself from the pack. Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco was second in 1:02:33, and Ryan Hall of the United States was another 2 seconds back.