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Radcliffe not in GB marathon team

by BBC Sport (U3702819) 26 April 2007
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Paula Radcliffe

Britain's marathon team for the World Athletics Championships in Osaka has been announced but does not include Paula Radcliffe at this stage.

The women's world record holder, 33, has recovered from recent back problems and is currently training in the US.

She could yet decide to compete in the marathon in Japan as the defending champion, or revert to the 10,000m.

A UK Athletics spokesman said officials are in an "ongoing dialogue" with the ex-London and New York Marathon winner.

In Radcliffe's absence, the British team is headed by Jon Brown and Mara Yamauchi.

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posted Apr 30, 2007

Not alot to say on this article i'm afraid until Paula declares interest .
Mara looked to run well within herself in London . I'm sure she will give a good account of herself in Japan .
Jon Brown has produced great performances when it matters .

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posted May 2, 2007

I think that it would a positive thing if Paula did not run in Osaka.

With the stress fracture in her back still needing 6 weeks to heel, it would almost certainly meen travelling to Osaka unprepared, in no shape to win a medal.

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posted May 2, 2007

How can Paula Radcliffe, or indeed anyone be called World Champion in the marathon event? Surely like all other athletic events, the course must be exactly the same throughout the world. By its' very nature the marathon cannot meet these strict parameters, therefore the runners cannot correctly be called Worl Champions. However they may be the fastest ever over a certain course, this could be either a reasonably flat course or one that includes hills. Perhaps there is some 'new' ruling that I am unaware of. Can someone explain please?

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posted May 13, 2007

I am looking forward to seeing paula run again over any distance in the next few months. I wish her a speedy recovery

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