Paula Radcliffe, Kara Goucher, November 2008, ING NYCM, photo by PhotoRun.net.
Paula Radcliffe, running 2008 ING New York City marathon, and world record holder in women's marathon ( 2:15:25), has withdrawn from the field in the WC 2009. The release from her federation cited that Radcliffe had concern about her healing ankle. It did not mention that Radcliffe had run and won the New York City half marathon this past weekend, in just under one hour, ten minutes.
Radcliffe has been plagued with both bad luck and injuries, in Athens, and Beijing in the marathon. In 2005, Radcliffe won the WC marathon title in Helsinki. A brilliant runner, she has taken a lot out of the tank in her training and marathon record runs.
With Paula Radcliffe's withdrawal, Kara Goucher of the U.S. continues to look good to win a medal in the WC 2009 marathon. The only other American women to medal in the WC marathon was Mariane Dickerson in 1983!
Paula Radcliffe wins ING NYCM in 2008, photo by PhotoRun.net
Do not be surprised if she shows up at a marathon on the east coast of the U.S. in very early November.
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