She’s trying to right some wrongs from past games.
With the Summer Olympics in London fast approaching, Paul Radcliffe, the world-record holder in the marathon, has high hopes for a podium finish this time around.
The 37-year-old was officially selected recently for the British Olympic squad–one of the first. She joins fellow marathoners Mara Yamauchi and Scott Overall on Team GB. The three runners achieved the Olympic ‘A’ standard in the marathon and were selected early in order to maximize their training time.
Radcliffe has not enjoyed much success in her Olympic past. At the 2000 games, she was beaten out of a podium finish in the 10,000m final. And four years later in Athens she pulled out of the marathon three miles to the finish, while in 2008 she came in 23rd place, gutting through a painful stress fracture.
“To represent your country at a home Olympics is something special and I’m over the moon to be selected for Team GB,” she said. “I was pleased to get the qualifying time in Berlin earlier this year and my sole focus is getting in the right shape for London. I’m just fully concentrating on being fully prepared for next year.”
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