Ah yes, I remember it well. I also think I'm the only who remembers the men's race that year where 6 or 7 men finished the race in a sprint finish. Abera outsprinting Baldini and Tergat and the Moroccan el Mouaziz whose brother went on to test positive for EPO. I always had my doubts about Abdulkar too and after his brothers fail, I'm almost certain he was doing the same.
Anywho, I remember Paula going out quick that day for the first few miles and thinking, what in the hell is she doing!? She had already gapped the field after a couple of miles, not unusual but the gap was big after only 2 miles. I thought a blow-up was certain at that stage and my thoughts hadn't changed at halfway which she ran in a very low 68 IIRC. I knew she had the race wrapped up and wouldn't blow-up enough off of 68 pace to lose the race but I didn't think she would be able to hold it or break the WR she set in Chicago the year before when she dropped Wejo at 24 miles.
I was amazed with her performance in the second half after a very fast half split and never expected she was going to pickup the pace like she did in the latter stages. She came under pressure in the last mile or two but held on for an incredible performance and a fast finish on the Mall.
I was shocked at the time, couldn't believe she had destroyed her old WR by so much after what I thought was an already mind-blowing run in Chicago. Never thought it would last this long at the time but it's a record that matures like a fine wine, it gets better and better as every year passes.