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Paula Radcliffe has had to admit defeat in the battle to be fit for London 2012

Updated: Sunday, 29 Jul 2012 16:38 | Comments

Paula Radcliffe's hopes of representing Great Britain in London are over
Paula Radcliffe's hopes of representing Great Britain in London are over

Britain's Paula Radcliffe's Olympic hopes have evaporated after she withdrew from the 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.

A statement on the UK Athletics website read: "The British Olympic Association and UK Athletics announced this afternoon that marathon athlete Paula Radcliffe is being withdrawn from Team GB due to medical reasons."

It added: "Radcliffe has been suffering with a foot problem and after a fitness test on Sunday it was concluded that she would not be able to race competitively to the best of her abilities."

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