Radcliffe reveals marathon excitement
on December 8, 2008 by Administrator
Paula Radcliffe has spoken of her excitement at the prospect of returning to the London Marathon next year. She has missed the last three London Marathons as a result of persistent injuries but has previously experienced great success on the course.
After a victory in the event in 2002, Radcliffe set the world record in London in 2003 and also won the race in 2005. She is now determined to make up for her absences during 2008, 2007, and 2006, by putting on an impressive performance on home turf.
She will compete against tough competition, with Irina Mikitenko, the defending champion, expected to be in good form. Mikitenko was not present at the Olympic Games, held earlier this year in Beijing, where Radcliffe failed to impress in the marathon event and finished in a disappointing 23rd position.
However, Mikitenko won the Berlin Marathon earlier this year and became the World Marathon Majors champion just last month. Constantina Dita will also provide tough competition for Radcliffe. Dita has never won the event despite having participated a total of eight times. However, she won the gold medal in the marathon event at the recent Olympic Games.
Radcliffe made a successful comeback from physical injury and similarly damaging emotional knocks when she won the New York Marathon just last month and she has since won the Great South Run in Portsmouth as well.
The success in New York has left the British athlete