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Paula Radcliffe withdraws from Team GB in London
The British Olympic Association and UK Athletics announced this afternoon that marathon athlete Paula Radcliffe is being withdrawn from Team GB due to medical reasons.
Radcliffe has been suffering with a foot problem and after a fitness test on Sunday it was concluded that she would not be able to race competitively to the best of her abilities.
The BOA and UK Athletics also intend to nominate a replacement athlete, and the BOA will work with the International Olympic Committee and International Association of Athletics Federations to secure approval under the Late Athlete Replacement policy. Freya Murray is the reserve for the women’s marathon who will be nominated for the place. The BOA will provide a formal statement confirming Murray’s addition to Team GB if it is approved under the Late Athlete Replacement policy.
Athletics Team Leader Charles van Commenee: "This is obviously a disappointing day for Paula and our sport, but it was important to her that if she made the start line it would be in the best possible shape. It wasn't meant to be and she has taken the right decision to withdraw at this stage.
“I think it is important that we don't look at Paula's career in Olympic cycles. She is undoubtedly one of the greatest female distance runners of all times and still holds the marathon World Record.
“When we look back at her career it should be in the context of what she has achieved and not what she hasn't. I wish her all the very best for her recovery.”