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Woodward praises Radcliffe cheating denial

Sir Clive Woodward has praised Paula Radcliffe. Credit: PA

Former England rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward has commended Paula Radcliffe for denying she ever cheated in her career.

Radcliffe told ITV News she was 'hurt and angered' over claims she doped during her career, after releasing a statement saying she had never used performance enhancing drugs.

Woodward believes Radcliffe should be interviewed by a select investigating the issues of doping in sport.

Sir Clive told Sky News: "The big thing that comes to me is that if you are going to have a select committee to discuss these things, she has to be in the room. She has to be part of this to defend herself and, knowing Paula, she is going to come out fighting."

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Radcliffe thanks crowd for London Marathon support

Paula Radcliffe has tweeted her thanks to the crowd who supported her during her last London Marathon.

She added that her memories "will last a lifetime and beyond".

Paula Radcliffe ends glittering career on high note

Marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe ran her last ever race today, finishing in an impressive 2:36:55.

Paula Radcliffe poses after finishing the London Marathon. Credit: Reuters / Paul Childs

She might have won the London Marathon three times in the past - once in a blistering 2:15:25 - but this time she was just happy to finish, to huge cheers from watching crowds.

"I didn't care about the time all the way round and I just wanted to thank as many people as possible," Radcliffe told the BBC.

"I went off way too fast and then it got more and more emotional. It was just amazing the whole way round."

She said the "magic of the London Marathon" helped her finish.

British Olympians congratulate Tokyo 2020 win

Paula Radcliffe and Mo Farah are amongst some of Britain's athletes who have congratulated Tokyo on its winning Olympic 2020 bid:

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Stars line up to take part in Olympic anniversary race

Richard & Adam, Britain's Got Talent finalist take part in Olympic anniversary run. Credit: Twitter/ Richard&Adam
Paula Radcliffe and Melanie Chisholm at the start line of The National Lottery Anniversary Run. Credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire
Victoria Pendleton at the start line of The National Lottery Anniversary Run. Credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire
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