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Radcliffe: Marathon career not over
Paula Radcliffe insists she will not be forced into retirement by the injury which saw her abandon dreams of Olympic redemption in London.
Radcliffe withdrew from the women's marathon on Sunday after admitting defeat in her battle against a degenerative foot problem which cruelly resurfaced just a few weeks ago.
The 38-year-old had been hoping to claim a first Olympic medal in her fifth Games, having finished fifth in the 5,000m in Atlanta, fourth in the 10,000m in Sydney and suffering despair in the marathon in 2004 and 2008.
Although her Olympic career is now over, Radcliffe has vowed to carry on running as UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee urged people to remember she remains the world record holder for the marathon and was world champion over the distance in 2005.
Speaking about the osteoarthritis in her left foot, Radcliffe said: "Yes, that joint is degenerative and badly damaged. (But it is) the same foot that I was told in 1994 I would never run on again.
"I refused to believe it then and I don't believe now that it can't recover and be carefully managed to allow me to still do what I love to do. Unfortunately though that isn't going to happen in one week."
The women's marathon takes place on Sunday, August 5, with Radcliffe replaced by Scotland's Freya Murray, subject to ratification by the International Olympic Committee.
"As desperate as I was to be part of the amazing experience of the London Olympics, I don't want to be there below my best," Radcliffe added. "If I can't be there and give it my best, then I would rather someone else who can do that is able to be there.
"I have been through the mill emotionally and physically the past three weeks, cried more tears than ever, vented more frustration, and at the same time calmly tried every direction and avenue available to heal myself.
"Now is the time to rest totally, give my body chance to recover and assess calmly what can be done and where I go from here."