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Paula Radcliffe Set For Fifth Olympics

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 6, 2011
  • Updated Dec. 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM UTC
Paula Radcliffe is setting out to redeem herself at the London Olympics. Photo: Getty Images

She’s trying to right some wrongs from past games.

Paula Radcliffe is setting out to redeem herself at the London Olympics. Photo: Getty Images

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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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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