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Can Paula pull it off?

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Britain's Paula Radcliffe is showing her customary determination as she battles to be fit for next month's Olympic Games.

The women's world marathon record holder was diagnosed with a stress fracture of the femur in May, and few held out much hope of her competing in Beijing.

Yet the latest news from her base in France is positive - she is running again and, according to her agent, training with "high intensity".

At the age of 34, and with injuries taking their toll, this is surely her last shot at Olympic glory, so you can't blame Paula for hoping against the odds that she can be fit for China.

But with less than a month to go before the Games begin, and with her event scheduled for 17 August, can Radcliffe really hope to add Olympic gold to her many achievements?


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posted Jul 16, 2008

..To be fair though, The Athletes did win the European cup and the women 3rd..unlike the footballers.

I wouldn't say PR is being self centred in trying to be fit for the Olympic games either - HH has said that she is training for it regardless.

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posted Jul 16, 2008

Drogbano1fan...as far as the "underfunded" sports go, the main reasons for our new-found excellence in cycling is lottery funding, very well managed (the latter being the key point). Similar stories in rowing, sailing and swimming.

As for "Overpaid athletes who always underperform", I suppose Kelly Holmes two gold medals, Radcliffe's world gold, Ohuruogo's world gold are underperformances? What exactly would you consider acceptable?

I agree about many achievements going unheralded, like Chrissie Wellington's, but that's nothing to do with the athletes, it's up to the media and what they believe the public want.

And if they are all such a waste of time, what are you doing here?

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posted Jul 17, 2008

I agree about many achievements going unheralded, like Chrissie Wellington's, but that's nothing to do with the athletes, it's up to the media and what they believe the public want.

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Unfortunately the media believe we want 24/7 football. I am not denying that I like football but I also like and watch many other sports. But, the media and the majority of ill-informed public only seem mildly interested in swimming, athletics, cycling etc at major events, where if we are not world beaters pour scorn on the competitors, the funding and the management in equal measures. The public are simply not made aware of the work and dedication these sportsmen and women put in just to compete let alone win .... and for far less financial reward than an average footballer.

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posted Jul 21, 2008

I really hope paula makes it, but it will be a very close call, and how will her fitness be with the lack of training?
On a lighter note, I'm trying to get into the competitive feel of the olympics by setting up a competition to see how many press-ups people can do in one minute. Please join test yourself at
http://www.competitiveurge.com/press_ups_in_one_minute_challenge

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posted Jul 31, 2008

Comment about Paula only runnig for money.

I think that Paula herself proves this wrong, given that she is a former Commonwealth, European, World, World Cross Country, European Cross Cross Country and World Half Marathon Champion.

How dare she use her talent to make some money as well. If you are a marathon runner pay days are few and far between.

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posted Jul 31, 2008

Well said. So many idiotic comments on here, so much that I got one deleted, which was basically a rude attack on her!

Sadly, he probably will not get a medal and add more fuel to the fire!!

Thank god for the few of us who partake in the sport and know what we are talking about!

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posted Aug 5, 2008

pickanddrive. A very good post with common sense comments and cant disagree with any of them.
A great great athlete who I would love to see win, but I share the opinions you have made.

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posted Aug 5, 2008

Front page of the newspaper - photo of PR. Why? Because she might be running. Hallelujah! “Story” about her battle with a spider. Oh God what next? It would be churlish not to wish her well but how tedious it is every Olympics since, maybe 1948, for there to be Paul sob stories. I just hope that if she is caught short this time we are spared the sight. And if, as seems almost inevitable, she breaks down with (Delete) Tiredness/Toe problem/ Toxins/ Nervous breakdown/ Husband trouble/Lost Amex platinum card… the cameras move away and leave her to suffer alone.

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comment by laouane (U3591919)

posted Aug 6, 2008

definatly paula is not going to win the marathon in olympic. i feel sorry for british people who sometimes their expectation is too excessive

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posted Aug 8, 2008

She can only win if the Ethiopians are not there.

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