Paula Radcliffe Facing Biggest Career Decision Yet

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 7, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC
Paula Radcliffe is running out of time to find a qualifying marathon. Photo:

Paula Radcliffe is running out of time to find a qualifying marathon. Photo:

She has a year to run under 2:31.

The clock is ticking for the current world record holder in the marathon, Paula Radcliffe. Due to her recent struggles with injury, the British runner has been having a hard time finding a race that she can use to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London. According to a close friend, Radcliffe faces the biggest decision of her career yet: Should she try to use the London Marathon, just four months before the Olympic games, to qualify?

Radcliffe has begun treatment for a torn disc in her back. This is preventing her from training on a track. Earlier this month, she finished a lackluster third in the the Bupa London 10K. She later admitted it was the sciatic pain she felt during race that prevented her from having the power to keep up with the leaders.

Radcliffe last ran a marathon in 2009 in New York City. In order to qualify for the Olympics, she needs to run under 2:31 in the next 12 months.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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