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Beijing Olympics 2008

News from Beijing

17 August 2008

Recent injury impacts on Radcliffe

The effects of a recent stress fracture were evident as graduate Paula Radcliffe struggled at today’s Olympic marathon, finishing 23rd in an emotional race.

World record holder Radcliffe, who has only recently recovered from a stress fracture to her left thigh which had threatened to prevent her competing, began the race well and crossed the 25km mark in second place in a time of 1:28.50 before dropping down the order in the latter stages, finishing in 2:32.38.

Radcliffe pulled up briefly with cramp in her calf during the race. "It was really sore," she said. "At one point I stopped to stretch it out, but it came back. It wasn't a sharp pain. I felt like I was running on one leg. I had to stretch for any chance of carrying on.

“I knew I was pushing it to come here,” she said. “But I would have done all that hard work for nothing if I hadn’t got to the finish line. I am still keeping my fingers crossed for 2012.”

Former Loughborough-based runner Liz Yelling was leading the race after 10km, but dropped into the twenties by halfway before consolidating to finish just three places behind team-mate Radcliffe.

Romania’s Constantina Tomescu won the race in 2:26.44.

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