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Athletics: Paula Radcliffe pulls out of comeback race

May 6, 2011

Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe has been forced to withdraw from the 10k Great Manchester Run on May 15 due to illness.

Paula-RadcliffeIt was set to be the 37-year-old’s first race in 18 months but a chest and throat infection has postponed her comeback.

Radcliffe has taken a break from competitive running following the birth of her second child, Raphael, and the Manchester run was to be the start of her London Olympic Marathon campaign, the one title that still alludes her.

“I’m really, really disappointed to have to pull out,” said Radcliffe.

“I have missed racing so much and was so looking forward to running in Manchester. However, frustrated as I am, I know that the main focus for me is next year’s Olympic marathon and achieving a qualifying standard later this year.”

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Since her last race, the 2009 New York Marathon, she has been training at altitude in Albuqerque, New Mexico.

She added: “As an asthmatic, I know that bronchitis, especially at altitude, needs to be treated with caution immediately.

“Therefore, it is vital to get fully healthy and have a strong comeback race as soon as possible.”

Radcliffe now plans to return in the London 10,000 on May 30, when she will race on roads that make up the Olympic course.

She is also expected to take part in a marathon later this year as part of her plan to hit the qualifying standard for London 2012.

Radcliffe has held the world marathon record of two hours, 15 minutes, 25 seconds since 2003. She is also the world road-running 10km record holder, with a time of 30 minutes, 21 seconds.

Andy Caine, elite athletes manager for the Manchester race, said: “Obviously we’re deeply disappointed that she will not make her first ever appearance in the Bupa Great Manchester Run and, of course, her comeback race.

“But Paula has always insisted, with her primary aim of winning next year’s Olympic marathon title, that she will not take unnecessary risks in achieving that target.

“We wish her a speedy recovery and I’m sure everyone will look forward to seeing her racing again when fully fit and healthy.”

Olivia Townley, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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