Paula Radcliffe Down But Not Out

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 13, 2012
  • Updated Sep. 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM UTC
Paula Radcliffe doesn't want to retire just yet. Photo:

The world-record holder refuses to quit.

Even though injury has gotten the better of her lately, Paula Radcliffe of the United Kingdom still owns the world record in the marathon.

The British ace missed competing in front of a hometown crowd in London last month at the Olympics due to osteoarthritis in her foot. She was recently told that she would never be able to run again, but that’s not stopping her.

“I don’t want to finish on a down after what happened in the Olympics,” she told the BBC recently.

Some people told me before the Olympics that I wouldn’t be able to run on it [her injured foot] ever again.

“I didn’t really accept that so I met with different people, got different scans and met with the surgeon who had actually done the surgery on my other foot back in 2009.”

Radcliffe now says that she is possibly setting her sights on the forthcoming London Marathon next April.

“It’s on my mind,” she says of the annual race along the famous Thames River.

For More: BBC


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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