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Radcliffe 'humbled and touched beyond words'

Paula Radcliffe has said she is "humbled and touched" by messages of support since she spoke out against doping allegations in an interview with ITV News.

MP blames press for Radcliffe doping furore

Conservative MP Jesse Norman, whose comments forced former athlete Paula Radcliffe to deny doping, has criticised the press reaction the matter.

Norman told a select committee that British athletes who had won the London Marathon had potentially doped, leaving Radcliffe heavily under suspicion.

Jesse Norman, left, has come under fire. Credit: PA

“What is interesting, also, in a three-hour hearing, what’s happened is the press pack – and it is a pack, it’s a herd of ungulates – have basically taken this single snippet and run off to Paula Radcliffe and attempted to bounce her in to making some kind of statement. I think that’s very unfortunate,” Norman told Radio 4's Today programme.

The 53-year-old MP spoke of growing up with Radcliffe's success in the 1990s and early 2000s.

“I certainly massively admire Paula Radcliffe, I grew up on tales of her extraordinary exploits in the 90s and early 2000s, and nothing could be further from the intention of the committee than to have named any athletes. In fact no names were given, no allegations were made, no specific athletes were described, no test results were mentioned.”

Pinsent 'can't believe Radcliffe claims for a second'

Four-time Olympic rowing champion Sir Matthew Pinsent has said that if "Radcliffe cheated then we can all go home its over ... Can't believe it for a second".

Black brands Radcliffe doping claims as 'ridiculous'

Roger Black, the retired 400m runner, said he felt "ridiculous" having to defend Paula Radcliffe against doping allegations.

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