Thursday, March 6, 2008
11 Paula Radcliffe Bows Out of the London Marathon
Just a quick post today. Today, instead of recording personal happenings, I'd like to briefly comment upon what's been happening in the big wide world of professional running, more specifically with regard to the recent news concerning Paula Radcliffe.
Well, as many of you might already be aware, it looks like an injured Paula Radcliffe won't be running the London Marathon (scheduled for April 13, 2008), which, as the fastest female marathoner (2:15:25), current world record-holder (of 10 world records!), & winner of this race on three previous occasions thus far (in 2002, 2003, & 2005), is truly a shame. (She sustained a "toe tendon injury" while training in Albuquerque, NM, which hasn't healed as fast as the doctors expected.)
Radcliffe, 34, stated: "I am desperately disappointed that I have to pull out of this year's race.... I love running in London and this race would have been the perfect test for me before the Olympic Games.... But in marathon training there are no short cuts and there is simply not enough time to be in the shape I want to be in to run well in London. Now I must concentrate on being as well prepared as possible for Beijing."
It's certainly not the first time she's had to bow out of the London marathon. Back in 2004, Paula opted not to run this race, in order to prepare for the Athens Olympic Games, which ended up being a very trying period of time for the athlete. But, as her history shows, she's normally a very resilient competitor. Later that same year (in November), her victory in the New York marathon was the sweet comeback which helped her get past the earlier setbacks she faced in Athens. Regardless of her current injury, I think that this particular personal triumph of hers has helped to further forge her resolve, & made her an even stronger competitor today. I can't wait to watch her race in this summer's upcoming Olympic events. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that she'll be ready & able to compete!
And even though she described her current injury as "minor," I think it was a smart move for her to withdraw from the London marathon, as she obviously needs to take the time to recover properly from her injury & of course, give herself enough time to train, in order to be in top shape for the Bejing 2008 Olympics (which will be held on August 8-24, 2008). The summer Olympics are roughly 5 five months away. Whoah. Relatively speaking, in terms of training time, the Olympics are coming up pretty soon. So what do you experienced marathoners think? Do you think that'll be enough time for her to recover & train?!
But back to the London marathon. Since Paula won't be competing in this event, let's talk about who will be. The following is a full list of entrants for the elite women’s race and their marathon PRs:
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(Hmmmm, where are the American female runners on this list?! ;-) )
Even without Paula, it should still be a very exciting event to watch. Are any of you planning on attending or watching this marathon?