Radcliffe, Martin Lel win London Marathon

London: Paula Radcliffe overcame cramping to set a women’s-only record for the London Marathon, winning by more than five minutes, while Kenya’s Martin Lel ran a personal best to win the men’s race. Radcliffe won in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 42 seconds, despite stopping at eight kilometres from the end to relieve cramping. She earned a bonus of $125,000 for beating her own women’s-only best time of 2:18:56 set in 2002. Lel finished in 2:07:26, with Morocco’s Jaouad Gharib 23 seconds behind. South Africa’s Hendrick Ramaala (2:08:32) came third. Radcliffe went out strong from the start and led from the 12th kilometre. Romanian Constantina Tomescu-Dita finished second, five minutes, eight seconds behind. Kenya’s Susan Chepkemei was third in 2:24:00. —AP