28 Nov '12, 2am

Women's marathon world record holder @PaulaJRadcliffe's elite career might be over

Although she says, “I’d definitely want to do one more London Marathon” in 2014, and perhaps the Commonwealth Games that year, Great Britain’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe realizes, as she tries to come back from complicated foot surgery, that her days as a world-class athlete may be over. That’s part of why watching the Olympic Marathon this summer was so painful for her. “One of the most frustrating things was that I felt I was in good enough shape to run 2:19 or 2:20,” Radcliffe told the Daily Mail ; Tiki Gelana’s gold medal time was 2:23:07. “That made me feel even sadder because it wasn’t as if they were miles ahead and I would have only been running for top five or top six,” explains Radcliffe. “I could have been in there fighting for it. You just think, ‘Why couldn’t the Games have been just six weeks earlier?’” By the time the Olympics came around, ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/paula-radcliffe...

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