Posted by: Joe English | October 2, 2008

Racing: Paula Radcliffe to run New York City Marathon in post-Olympic comeback

Paula Radcliffe at NYC Marathon

Paula Radcliffe at NYC Marathon

NEW YORK—World record-holder Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain will return to the streets of New York to defend her title at the ING New York City Marathon 2008 on Sunday, November 2.

A year ago Radcliffe, 34, amazed the world with an inspiring victory in New York just 10 months after the birth of her first child, daughter Isla, on January 17, 2007. She pulled away from Ethiopia’s Gete Wami in the final mile to capture the title in 2:23:09.

Radcliffe has struggled this year with injuires and comes into the race after a stinging defeat in the Beijing Olympic Marathon, where she struggled home for 23rd place (2:32:38). It was only her second marathon appearance that she did not win, the other being the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Unbeaten in New York, Radcliffe captured her first crown in 2004 in dramatic fashion when she out-dueled Kenyan Susan Chepkemei by three seconds in the closest women’s finish in race history.

A third win would lift Radcliffe into second place for the most New York victories, behind the legendary Grete Waitz of Norway, who amassed an astounding nine New York City Marathon wins.

the 34 year-old Radcliffe told the Press Association yesterday that she still has the competitive fire despite the injuries that she’s seen this year:

“I’ve always said that the end of my competitive career will probably be signalled by the fact I don’t really have the desire to go out and put in the huge work that you need to put in in training weeks every day. I don’t feel like that at the moment. So I think it’s how you feel rather than the actual age on the piece of paper.”

At the moment I do feel that I have good runs left in me. I just need to be able to steer clear of injuries and keep the build-up strong.”

In a press release issued by the New York City Marathon, she said, “I am really looking forward to returning to the ING New York City Marathon,” said Radcliffe. “New York has always been very special to me and every time I return it becomes more special. Grete Waitz has always been an inspiration to me, and getting a small step closer to what she achieved in New York City would be amazing to me.”

Radcliffe owns the women’s marathon world record of 2:15:25, which she set in 2003 at the Flora London Marathon. Her marathon debut of 2:18:56, which she ran in London in 2002, is still the fifth-fastest time in history. She holds four of the five fastest women’s marathon times in history, and has won seven of the eight marathons she has finished, including three victories in London, two in New York, one in Chicago, and one at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki.

Radcliffe joins previously announced World Marathon Majors champion Gete Wami, 2007 Boston champion Dire Tune of Ethiopia, and marathon first-timers New Zealand Olympian Kim Smith and American Olympian Kara Goucher.

The women’s race for the second World Marathon Majors crown and the $500,000 prize purse will once again be determined in New York.

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