Radcliffe remains in team for now
The BOA have not heard from UK Athletics about the 'possible withdrawal' of Paula Radcliffe
UK Athletics insist that Paula Radcliffe remains in the British Olympic team despite reports she will withdraw due to injury.
A foot problem has flared up again causing a major doubt over whether she will compete in the marathon in London. A report in the Mail on Sunday states that the 38-year-old marathon world record holder has had to admit defeat in her attempts to overcome the injury.
It is understood however that Radcliffe will have a couple more runs in the coming days before making a final decision and a UK athletics spokesperson said: "Paula is still in the team. No decision has been taken and we are continuing to monitor and assess the situation."
Earlier this week her last chance of challenging for an Olympic medal was rated as only 50/50 by UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee.
Radcliffe won gold over the distance at the World Championships in 2005, but has never won an Olympic medal.
She failed to finish both the marathon and 10,000m in Athens in 2004 after being hampered by illness and injury. She did finish the marathon in Beijing in 2008, but another leg injury saw her finish down in 23rd.
The British Olympic Association said they have not been informed of any move by Radcliffe to withdraw from the team due to injury.
BOA communications director Darryl Seibel said: "We have not been notified by UK Athletics of a possible withdrawal and we are therefore unable to verify this report."
I was so hoping that these reports were not true when i heard it, that was untill i read paula"s tweet and am now just crossing my fingers for her.
How cruel this will be for her if once again, after all the training, hard work, committment and dedication she has given she has to withdraw?
Paula has ran some incredible races in her career and i just wish people would talk about those races eg being world champion , world record holder, european and common wealth champion, instead of being critical and judging her from what happened in athens.
Truly 2nd to none for pure guts, passion and bravery throughout her running carrer.
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