Paula Radcliffe Loses UK Lottery Funding

Despite losing her National Lottery funding, Paula Radcliffe will still compete. Photo:

She says retirement is not an option now.

Some bad news for current world-record holder in the marathon, Paula Radcliffe. According to a statement from the UK Athletics Association, the British distance-running ace, who is 38, will no longer be sponsored by the National Lottery.

The reason: she is not considered a “genuine medal contender” at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

“I talked with Paula over the weekend and she understood it,” said UK Athletics chief Neil Black to the BBC.

Radcliffe was unable to compete in the recent London Games due to a persistent foot injury.

Still, this news isn’t stopping Radcliffe.

“Retirement is definitely not in any plans,” she Tweeted. “I’m not doing all this cross training and getting the foot healthy and strong for nothing.”

“Just to clarify I am very grateful for the support lottery funding gives us athletes and I fully expected to see it withdrawn.”

Black says her age is not the deciding factor. “It is about medals for the future. It was what she expected. She dealt with it really well.”

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