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Radcliffe looks to London 2012

Posted by elinord on November 4, 2008

Paula Radcliffe has defended her title as this years New York Marathon winner.

Courtesy of the Telegraph.co.uk
Courtesy of the Telegraph.co.uk

She led the race from the start, ahead of Russian runner, Ludmilla Petrova and American Kara Goucher.

The thirty-four year old athlete ran the tough climbs of the marathon in two hours 23 minutes and 56 seconds and said “In its own right, to win New York is special to me, but given the year I’ve had, it makes it that bit more special to come, run well and feel good again.”

Plagued by Injury

Radcliffe’s success came after a year marred by injury, which prevented her from preparing properly for the Beijing Olympics.

She spoke to the BBC about her history of failure to complete races because of hindering injuries;

“It does make it frustrating because you think, ‘Why can I get it right all the time in New York and I can’t get it right there?’ But sometimes you have to take what life gives you.”

Big Plans for London

Radcliffe hinted to the Guardian about her plans to lower her marathon world record, “I definitely want to run faster” and commented on the perfect conditions “London is a fast course.”

Mother of one, Radcliffe has been forced to miss the London Marathon twice since 2005, including this year’s, so she hopes she can prepare for the race in the next six months.

According to David Bedford, the London Marathon race director, Radcliffe could have the potential to break another world record “I am always enthusiastic about having Paula run…I would be amazed if she could produce that type of performance again.”

There are still talks that she may be invited to the London Marathon in April, 2009, but no deal has been struck yet.

Hope

Her recent victory has renewed the runner’s hope of winning an Olympic gold medal in the Marathon event.

“I would just love the chance to be at an Olympics and to run as well as I’m capable of doing in a marathon. That’s all I ask – to go there in shape and do myself justice. Perhaps I’ll get the chance in 2012.”

History of Success

Having only ever run 10 marathons, eight of which she has won, Radcliffe has made a good comeback.

Her only failures have come in the last two Olympics.

Elinor D. Davies (elinor.d.davies@my.westminster.ac.uk)

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