Paula Radcliffe wants to run Berlin 2009 WC Marathon, if..! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


Paula Radcliffe is the fastest women ever at the marathon distance. She is a European Champion, a World Cross Country Champion, a World Champion. Yet, running 2:15: for the marathon has taken its toll. Her Olympic marathon in Athens was a nightmare. Her marathon in Beijing, I believe, showed more her class as an athlete and her belief in competing and completing an Olympic marathon. I gained even more respect for Paula after that race.

Paula has just recovered from a foot operation and is hoping to run the World Championships: only time will tell. To read the excellent interview at IAAF. org:


Paula Radcliffe, shown here during her 2008 win, where she lead almost the entire race, photo by

Radcliffe for Berlin

LONDON (GBR): Positive news from Paula Radcliffe camp. The marathon world record holder recovered from a foot operation and won't take any short cuts but hopes to be fit for the World Championships in August. Radcliffe has targeted regaining the marathon title she won four years ago when Berlin hosts the event from August 15-23, writes David Martin. The world record holder intends starting her comeback next week at her high altitutude base of Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees and plans being in full-time training by mid-June. Radcliffe in London supporting the Cancer Research UK's Race for Life Series, said: "Hopefully I'll make the World Championships in the summer, but if I don't it will be an autumn marathon. I don't really know what my chances are of making the competition,” she was quoted.

Special thanks to Alfons Juck, EME News.

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