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Bedford's Paula Radcliffe is hoping to gain revenge over Gete Wami, Ethiopia's world champion who outsprinted her at last weekend's meeting in Seville.
The 30-year-old, who succeeds Gete Wami of Ethiopia as race winner, beat Moroccon-born former French 10,000m champion Hanan Farhoun by 18 seconds, with fellow Kenyan Catherine Mutwa third.
Paula Radcliffe and Gete Wami look set for at least another two highly competitive head- to head meetings in major international championships this year.
After being run out of the 10,000m medals in Edmonton by the Ethiopian trio of Derartu Tulu, Berhane Adere and Gete Wami, Paula's front-running style may be more suited to turning her undoubted guts into glory in the marathon, where her lack of a sprint finish should not prove so devastating.
6 km race, Radcliffe found herself outsprinted across the line by arch-rivals Gete Wami and Jackline Maranga.
BALMORAL will play host to a re-match between Paula Radcliffe and Gete Wami, individual winners of the World Cross Country Championship long and short course gold medals in Ostend over the weekend.
But as on that occasion, Radcliffe will expect no favours in her IAAF World Cross Country challenge clash against arch-rivals Gete Wami, Anne Mari Sandell and Jackline Maranga - all potential winners over what should be a fast 6.
China's Asian Games champion Chunxiu Zhou, Ethiopia's Berhane Adere and Galina Bogomolova from Russia, who were first and second in Chicago this year, plus Berlin winner Gete Wami, another leading Ethiopian, will be in the line-up.
It's the third major blow in a week for the event after Ethiopia's Deratu Tulu and Gete Wami also pulled out, from lack of form and injury.
A star-studded field is headed by last year's winner Gete Wami, the Ethiopian who beat Radcliffe into that epic Seville silver.
Former world 10,000 metres champion Gete Wami believes Paula Radcliffe will benefit from her long lay-off following the foot injury she sustained at the beginning of the year.
After losing on Saturday, Gete was probably more up for winning it than I was," said Radcliffe.