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Radcliffe to run in marathon

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Paula Radcliffe has announced that she will run in Sunday's Olympic marathon.

Radcliffe's preparations have been hampered by injury, including a stress fracture in her leg.

Has she made the right decision to compete or will she suffer Olympic heartbreak yet again?

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posted Aug 15, 2008

Olympicwatcher6 ... can I be your friend?

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posted Aug 15, 2008

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I hope all the ignorant negative people on this thread come back and apologise when she wins the gold."


Realistically its just not going to happen.

There is no way an injured athlete is going to win a marathon.

If she did so it would be an outstanding feat but why build your hopes up over the impossible.

We have much much better medal bets in cycling, swimming and rowing over the next few days.

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comment by saintex (U3869878)

posted Aug 15, 2008

I wish Paula Radcliffe the best but it's going be a long haul in order to win. It's hard for me to imagine a world-class athlete missing - or reducing - training and still being able to compete at the upper reaches. I've followed Paula's career for years and enjoyed her sucesses and felt during her failures. I wish her the best.

As for Athens, all athletes have their down days - or week. Dan Janson in speed-skating, Michael Phelps (if he doesn't win all eight medals), etc. Losing isn't the end of the world or an indication of weakness - it happens. I think overcoming failures is what makes us admire athletes even more.

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posted Aug 15, 2008

When are the ignorant going to stop crticising this athlete? Damned if she does, damned if she doesn't for some of you. She may not win the medal but surely it's worth a punt given her class.

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posted Aug 15, 2008

OMG!!!! Is it possible for people to be so bitter and viscious??
olympiawatcher6 should be kicked off this site just because...! What a waste of our time to sift through such negativity.

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posted Aug 15, 2008

Here's to Paula that she makes it. Anyone who thinks otherwise before the starting gun has been shot should be shot!

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posted Aug 15, 2008

I think some of you Radcliffe fans should have a calm-down. This is a forum and if you can't handle negative opinions, then you shouldn't be reading any of this.

She got heavily criticsed in the last Olympics because it was felt that the expectations at the time to win Gold became too much, when reality struck that she wasn't even in medal contention. That was probably not the case, but it could easily appear to look that way.

According to interviews this time round, she'll just be grateful if she finishes the course, with the hope of getting a medal. Personally i think she's targeting for Gold, seeing as she wouldn't risk entering otherwise. No pressure this time round by giving the opposition a false sense of security.

No that would be taking the pee (whoops!..she's done that)

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posted Aug 15, 2008

7am Sunday 23C 10am 27C not as cool as UK, but
not a scorcher like Athens, partly cloudy hope the polution is low. On certain days would be foolish to run there.

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posted Aug 16, 2008

Any cynicism concerning Paula Radcliffe is poisonous and disgraceful.
Any accusation that she is or was a gutless, spineless quitter is an appalling accusation that is utterly unfounded and totally ridiculous.
She stopped in Athens 2004 because the anti inflammatories that she was taking to ease the pain of a bad leg injury had negative effects on her digestive system during and before the race. She reached a point in the race where she felt physically empty and unable to carry on. Had she tried to complete the race she would have done herself no good whatsoever and indeed the consequences could have been dire. She took a responsible decision for her own health. She did not and I repeat NOT stop just because she couldn't win a medal or couldn't be bothered.
The one mistake she made prior to Athens was not revealing the Crepitus injury she had leading into the Games. However if she had have done so then no doubt she would have been accused of getting her excuses in early in case things did not go well.
Paula Radcliffe has been and continues to be a magnificent ambassador for British sport. She has worked and trained tirelessly to become the best at what she does. She has only ever lost one competitive marathon and that was due to injury and illness in Athens. Anybody who doubts her ought to try and complete the training schedules, ice baths and 26 mile marathons to the level she does. Unless and until you know how it feels to work that hard and be that good I would suggest that you critics should be more grateful and less spiteful towards such an outstanding athlete.
It is unfortunate that she has another injury going into this Beijing race. I hope her decision to compete is one that no matter what the result, she can look back on with no regrets in the months and years to come. She is running a big risk both in terms of her fitness and the public reaction if all goes wrong. However this is the Olympics and means more to her than anything else.
She has many demons to destroy in this one race and is attempting to do it in the toughest possible conditions, against top quality opposition while not certain of her race fitness. This is a big, big decision in her career and as she stands on that start line in a few hours time goodness only knows what will be going through her mind.
Best wishes to you Paula.

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posted Aug 16, 2008

Paula Radcliffe has run 7 marathons, 5 of these are within the top 20 of all time, she is the world record holder by 3 1/2 minutes - quite simply, she is the greatest female distance runner there has been and win or lose tomorrow, this will be no less true. For any athlete to have their day, so many things have to come true - add to this being the absolute best in your sport and don't be surprised just how hard it is to deliver. She is a great ambassador for Britain and we should be very proud of her !

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