10 Sep

Radcliffe Targets Capital Comeback

Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe has targeted the 2013 London marathon for her comeback as she recovers from a foot injury. Radcliffe has suffered from osteoarthritis throughout her career and had to withdraw from the women's Olympic marathon last month. After recently being told she would never run again, she has since undergone foot surgery and hopes to be back running by the end of the year.

Radcliffe said: "I don't want to finish on a down after what happened in the Olympics. Some people told me before the Olympics that I wouldn't be able to run on it [her injured foot] ever again. I didn't really accept that so I met with different people, got different scans and met with the surgeon who had actually done the surgery on my other foot back in 2009.

"He said 'I really think we can do something' so I had surgery just over two weeks ago and he was able to remove a lot of debris. It's going to be a long and tedious road back, but hopefully with a positive outcome."

Radcliffe admitted next year's London marathon on 21 April is "on her mind". The Bedford runner has won the race three times, breaking the marathon world record in the 2003 event with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds.