Radcliffe goes for track glory

Paula Radcliffe will run in tonight's 10,000metres final.

The decision was announced at 11:30am in Athens, barely 10 hours before the race which begins at 9:50pm (7:50pm BST).

Radcliffe has been mulling over whether to enter the 10,000m since her marathon disappointment on Sunday, when she withdrew from the race four miles from the finish.

She is the fastest woman in the world this year over the 10,000metres distance, by a massive 26 seconds, but there have been fears over whether Radcliffe will be too physically drawn or mentally fatigued to race again.

However her decision, which Radcliffe has waited almost until the very last moment to announce, suggests that the marathon world record holder feels confident about her chances over the shorter distance.

The 30–year–old finished fourth over 10,000m at the Sydney Olympics four years ago, having led for much of the race before being outpaced on the final lap.

She was a silver medallist at the 1999 World Championships, but again finished fourth at the 2001 edition.

Her lone 10,000m gold medal came at the European Championships of 2002.

Since the heartbreak of Sunday, when an exhausted Radcliffe pulled up at the side of the road and wept at her failure to complete the course, she has kept a largely low profile.

Aside from a television interview and press conference on Monday, during both of which she burst into tears, Radcliffe had given no hints of her plans, other than to gradually step up her training.

At her press conference, Radcliffe explained how competing in the 10,000m had hardly crossed her mind, but added that the race could offer a chance to make amends.

"I came to run and win the marathon," Radcliffe said on Monday.

"I am desperate to redeem something from all that work but I will not put myself into that arena if I am not right."

By staying in Athens, it has been apparent that Radcliffe has given serious consideration to competing.

Because she will be 34 by the time of the Beijing Games, tonight's race has been perceived as perhaps Radcliffe's best chance of an Olympic gold.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried