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Radcliffe ready to run Beijing marathon

August 4, 2008

There was good news for Britain on Monday as Paula Radcliffe talked up her chances of being fit enough to run the marathon at the Beijing Games.

“I’m racing unless my leg breaks down,” Radcliffe, 34, told reporters four days before the start of the Olympics and 13 days before the women’s race on August 17. 

Radcliffe, the world record holder, is getting over a stress fracture to her left femur and on Monday she sounded confident of taking part.

“I am happy to be here and to have got this far and I’m looking forward to starting the marathon,” she told the BBC in Beijing.

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I really hope Paula runs and does well, but I worry she may be trying to come back from a serious injury too soon. I also have concerns about her ability to handle the weather conditions in Beijing.

Posted by Neil Barnaby | Report as abusive

I just read she was bitten by a spider but I hop that doesn’t stop her from winning the gold medal.

Posted by Alison aged 8 | Report as abusive

Alison, if it was a radioactive spider it might give her a bit of an advantage, of course. I wonder if the ability to shoot webs from your wrists and enhanced spidey-senses would be regarded as an illegal advantage?

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