Paula Radcliffe out of Olympics

Paula Radcliffe's Olympic hopes have been dashed today as she withdrew from London 2012 marathon because of injury.

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Injury spells disaster for Bedford's Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe is out of the Olympics Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Paula Radcliffe's Olympic hopes have been dashed today as she withdrew from London 2012 marathon because of injury.

Speculation had been rife the 38-year-old world record-holder would pull out after a foot problem flared up again and today the news was confirmed.

Bedford's Paula Radcliffe is ruled out of competing in London 2012

"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 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."

– Athletics team leader Charles van Commenee

Paula Radcliffe is 'absolutely on the team'

Concerns have been raised that Bedford's Paula Radcliffe will miss out on competing at the Olympics after Tweeting that it is 'not looking good'.

The 38-year-old could pull out of the women’s marathon a week today because of a long-term foot complaint.

However team bosses today said she's still very much part of the team and that "she's doing everything she can to fight her injury" although they did say there was another athlete who could take her place.

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