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London 2017: Barlow boosted by marathon crowds

PUBLISHED: 12:30 07 August 2017

Thames Valley Harriers Tracy Barlow (pic British Athletics)

Thames Valley Harriers Tracy Barlow (pic British Athletics)

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Thames Valley Harriers Tracy Barlow finished in 43rd place on her World Championships marathon debut on Sunday, writes Ziad Chaudhry.

Barlow came home in two hours 41 minutes three seconds, in a field of 92 athletes, as Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo won two-time champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya to take gold.

Charlotte Purdue was the first British athlete to finish in 13th place in 2:29.48, with Alyson Dixon (2:31.36) 18th.

And 32-year-old Barlow, who secured her place after a personal best of 2:30.42 at the London Marathon in April, said: “Having seen the guys come off the course a lot of them said take it easy around the first few laps, because it is quite tough. I just tried to get into a rhythm, take it easy, then just dig in and try and push on if I could.

“The atmosphere was amazing, it makes 100 per cent difference just having your name shouted out the whole way round. It’s nice having the support.”

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