Updated: 29/07/2012 18:04 | By pa.press.net

Radcliffe out of women's marathon



Paula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathon

Paula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathon

Paula Radcliffe's Olympic hopes have evaporated as she withdrew from the London 2012 women's marathon because of injury.

Speculation had been rife the 38-year-old world record-holder would pull out after a foot problem flared up again and the news was confirmed on Sunday.

A statement on the UK Athletics website read: "The British Olympic Association and UK Athletics announced this afternoon that marathon athlete Paula Radcliffe is being withdrawn from Team GB due to medical reasons."

It went on: "Radcliffe has been suffering with a foot problem and after a fitness test on Sunday it was concluded that she would not be able to race competitively to the best of her abilities."

Athletics team leader Charles van Commenee said: "This is obviously a disappointing day for Paula and our sport, but it was important to her that if she made the start line it would be in the best possible shape.

"It wasn't meant to be and she has taken the right decision to withdraw at this stage.

"I think it is important that we don't look at Paula's career in Olympic cycles. She is undoubtedly one of the greatest female distance runners of all times and still holds the marathon world record.

"When we look back at her career it should be in the context of what she has achieved and not what she hasn't. I wish her all the very best for her recovery."

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29/07/2012 20:59
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I'm sorry to hear that Paula Radcliffe cant compete, but i just hope that by waiting so long to decide if she was fit enough she hasn't done another athlete out of a place in the marathon for GB.
29/07/2012 17:43
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Paul's comments about the training, the time away from family etc, this is a person's choice, no one forces her to do this, but remember that each marathon she takes part in earns her at least a quarter of a million, so it is not an altruistic approach.  Just a shame that she cannot bring the same capability to Team GB where she has consistently failed to achieve anything worthwhile yet still takes up a place, denying someone else the chance to do well!

It's all $$$$££££ to this woman, she was good, now she (apart from the paid races) is not, certainly for Team GB!

 

29/07/2012 17:53
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.. PAULA retire with dignity before it all go's badly.  You are still fantastic in our eyes...Pure Legend woman..Stop now before it takes over and makes you a cripple at far too young an age.. You can coach for the next Olympics...
29/07/2012 17:52
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If this were a one-off occurrence I would indeed feel for her. But as has been mentioned by other contributors, it is extremely difficult to find any sympathy for Ms Radcliffe when over the last dozen years or so she has always managed to peak for a pay day, and but has consistently failed to do so for her country: to the extent that she has run against advice (for money), knowing she would jeopardize her performance in an international event 
29/07/2012 17:52
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She is always having problems. Face it girl you are too old and you annoy me when things go wrong, with your crocodile tears.  A previous time you were way back in the pack and knew you couldn't catch up. so you pretended to be injured. ONCE AGAIN down came the tears with the excuses. Why was she even allowed to be considered.
29/07/2012 17:20
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To Danny P, no one is making ridiculous comments. Facts far out weigh your opinion, Paula Radcliffe is a cash runner, the facts support that.
29/07/2012 16:45
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After reading the first 5 paragraphs above, she shouldn't have accepted a place if she new she had an injury and would pull out even before her races were due to run.  I agree with "TinTin" at this point, in that her place could have been taken up by an athlete who was completely fighting fit.  It was wrong & selfish of her to accept a place on the GB Team.
29/07/2012 21:07
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Sad news indeed, but she has been a wonderful sports woman and I expect there are a couple more marathons left in her, the Olympics aren't the be all, nice to win but there are other worthwhile competitions and Paula has shown us that she is a truly brilliant sports woman.

 

Dee

29/07/2012 16:34
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I feel sorry for her - especially after what happened in Athens. Paula, if you happen to be reading this, don't feel too down. Instead, feel proud of what you've accomplished throughout your career and take a well-deserved rest.
30/07/2012 01:39
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Just hope that Paula doesnt read any of the negative, vile comments that i have read about her on here?

Cant understand why we so called Great British people feel the need to be so cruel and ridicule the people that bring us such excitement and entertainment into our living rooms, we should treasure and remember people like paula for all she has given to sport and to us the general public.

Great tribute by Gary Linekar and Brendan Foster on BBC tonight and these are the people we should be listening 2.

This nastiness is like a cancer that runs through some peoples veins, truly awful

29/07/2012 17:41
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She has withdrawn because of the MONEY!

People are right on this board that she is a greedy old lady running for big cash prizes!

And people stop supporting this trash and greed and pull your finger out of your arse!

29/07/2012 17:21
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I have race with her, I suppose technically I have raced against her. In my opinion she does best when the rewards are financial. 
29/07/2012 19:41
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I'm NOT an advocate of early retirement. However, in the field of competitive sports, 38 years old is already considered "middle aged". No doubt the spirit remains, but the body requires a lot more time to heal! You owe no apologies Paula, you have already achieved "greatness". Please don't risk further injury to yourself. Be proud of what you've done and help the younger potential Olympians achieve they're dreams!
29/07/2012 17:01
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I agree with Natalie, she should have given up her place to a younger,fitter athlete. She has let us all down by pulling out now. Selfish only interested in herself...

29/07/2012 17:07
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Sorry, but have to agree with the comments about 'no cash no fit'. This injury has been around for a while so it was always going to be a risk. The shame is somebody farther down the line has probably stopped training thinking they had no chance. Wait until the next 'pay day jaunt' comes along and she'll probably be there. Long live the cynics! we live in the real world.
29/07/2012 22:21
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Why are you showing this photo it is not current very bad taste

THIS LADY HAS BEEN A SUPERB ATHLETE SETTING A WORLD RECORD FOR THE MARATHON IN 2HRS 15 MINS WE HAVE A MAXIMUM OF 3 MALES IN THE UK WHO CAN DO THAT

SHE IS ALSO CLEAN AND CAMPAIGNES AGAINST DRUG CHEATS. ONE OF THE FEW TO DO

SO

SO ALL YOU FAT AND LAZY PEOPLE WHO MAKE ANTI COMMENTS HOW MANY OF YOU

CAN RUN A MARATHON UNDER 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES?'

YOU COULDNT RUN FOR A BUS COULD YOU

29/07/2012 20:15
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Oh dear poor Paula :( ... I'm disappointed for her!!! I've been a Paula fan for years and I hoped and wished that she'd make the start line for the Marathon but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be!!! She is still the Marathon world record holder and the best British Female distance runner!!! Her career has a lot of ups and a few downs! 
Hopefully she'll rest up and get fit again for the New York marathon in November (which could be her last :'( ) !!! I hope she puts what she knows to good use and trains up and coming athletes when she retires :) 

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING PAULA and hope you have a speedy recovery
29/07/2012 17:37
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The only sad thing about this is her arrogance and insistance over the years that she could do this has put someone else out of doing the job,no sympathy for someone who punishes their body severly in the name of sport and fame, you are now reaping the rewards for pushing your body too much,your pushy husband must be so proud,watch this space now your fame will decline regarding your husband,time for him to get of his arse and stop pushing his wife so he can live the good life.
29/07/2012 18:42
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She knew that there was a problem after Vienna, and had not run, trained for 4 months, so why did either the selectors pick her, or she even put herself forward?
29/07/2012 19:39
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Why did she bother going...the competition has moved up a gear....Paula is full of good intentions but for last wee while has not delivered. Bow out gracefully Paula, and let a young hopefull take your spot.It's time for you to have some time to yourself and the family.
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Radcliffe out of women's marathonPaula Radcliffe's Olympic hopes have evaporated as she withdrew from the London 2012 women's marathon because of injury.pa.press.net2012-07-29T18:04:322012-07-29T18:04:32Paula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe's Olympic hopes have evaporated as she withdrew from the London 2012 women's marathon because of injury.Speculation had been rife the 38-year-old world record-holder would pull out after a foot problem flared up again and the news was confirmed on Sunday.A statement on the UK Athletics website read: "The British Olympic Association and UK Athletics announced this afternoon that marathon athlete Paula Radcliffe is being withdrawn from Team GB due to medical reasons."It went on: "Radcliffe has been suffering with a foot problem and after a fitness test on Sunday it was concluded that she would not be able to race competitively to the best of her abilities."Athletics team leader Charles van Commenee said: "This is obviously a disappointing day for Paula and our sport, but it was important to her that if she made the start line it would be in the best possible shape."It wasn't meant to be and she has taken the right decision to withdraw at this stage."I think it is important that we don't look at Paula's career in Olympic cycles. She is undoubtedly one of the greatest female distance runners of all times and still holds the marathon world record."When we look back at her career it should be in the context of what she has achieved and not what she hasn't. I wish her all the very best for her recovery."seo_keywordsOly Radcliffe Su15Paula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathonPaula Radcliffe will not participate in the women's marathon

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