Personal best for Jess

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MANX Dane Jess Draskau-Petersson produced a personal best time in the women’s marathon and the London 2012 Olympics on Sunday.

Competing for Denmark the 34-year-old, who has been writing in this paper about her preparations for the race over the past few weeks, completed the 26-mile course through the streets of London in a time of two hours 31 minutes 43 seconds to finish 40th out of 107 finishers.

Her time was just under eight minutes slower than Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana who won the race in a new Olympic record time of 2hrs 23.07 and meant that she finished higher than any of Great Britain’s entrants.

These included Freya Murray who was a late replacement for world record holder Paula Radcliffe who was forced to withdraw through injury.

More in Thursday’s Independent.

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