Posted by: Joe English | May 24, 2008

Olympics: Hope for Radcliffe marathon gold dims

Paula Radcliffe at NYC 2007Paula Radcliffe has struggled with injuires of late — most recently being forced from the London Marathon due to an injured toe. But the world’s greatest female marathon runner is now facing a tougher challenge in the form of a stress fracture to her upper leg.

In an article in the UK’s Guardian, Radcliffe maintains hope that she can still run in Beijing, but she has not given up hope. “I have even been told by some specialists that it is impossible for Beijing, but I am not giving up. I know it is not going to be easy and I know I am going to have to take certain risks and I need a bit of luck.”

Britain’s marathon world record holder said last night that fresh scans had shown she had a low-grade stress fracture of the femur at the top of her left leg. first felt a pain in her hip on April 26, when she was training at her base at Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees, but initial scans did not show up the problem.

“The world championships come round every two years,” she said. “I have won one [in 2005] but I haven’t done what I want to at the Olympics and they only come around once every four years. Everything has been done with Beijing in mind. It’s hugely important to me.”

Radcliffe needs to log upward of 100 miles a week to be ready for the Games, something that would be dicey on a stress fracture.

We’ll continue to follow this story as we get closer to the games.

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  1. Clocking 100miles a week is tough, like paula says she will need lots of luck. I hope to see her in Beijing


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