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Paula Radcliffe Looks To Redeem Herself In 2012

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 15, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Paula Radcliffe hopes to redeem herself in London. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Paula Radcliffe hopes to redeem herself in London. Photo: PhotoRun.net

She hasn’t raced since November, 2009.

The world record holder in the women’s marathon, Paula Radcliffe, has one goal in her head these days: win the 2012 Olympic marathon in her home country.

When Radcliffe needs that extra bit of motivation to complete a grueling workout, she focuses on that goal. “If I am digging deep in sessions I will think about London,” she admits. Referring to lackluster performances in the past two Olympic marathons (DNF in 2004 and 23rd in 2008), Radcliffe says a London medal is even more important. “For that to be in your home country, and particularly with the two recent ones going wrong, it gives me that pig-headed perseverance that one day it will go right for me.”

Radcliffe hasn’t raced since 2009 when she placed fourth in the ING New York City Marathon. Since then, the 37-year-old British champion has given birth to her second son, Raphael.

Were she to make it to London, it will be Radcliffe’s fifth Olympics.

Radcliffe’s marathon world record, 2:15:25, is considered one of the highest-scoring running performances of all time.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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