‘Podium potential’ cash opens new doors for brilliant distance runner
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Sunday 09 August 2009
Friday 24 April 2009
Mara Yamauchi has mixed with some big names in her time. In her days as a Foreign Office diplomat attached to the British Embassy in Tokyo, she acted as an interpreter for Baroness Thatcher and more recently, as a marathon runner, she has shared the roads with Paula Radcliffe. Her mission on the streets of London on Sunday is to make a name for herself in her native land.
Sunday 11 January 2009
Monday 05 January 2009
The European junior cross country champion Stephanie Twell made a comfortable transition to the senior ranks by winning the Antrim International title yesterday.
Saturday 13 December 2008
Monday 24 November 2008
Charles van Commenee does not start his job as head coach of UK Athletics until the new year, but the man who guided Denise Lewis and Kelly Sotherton to Olympic heptathlon medals has completed another piece of significant paving work on the road towards the home Olympics of 2012. Having already addressed one Achilles heel of British athletics by appointing Bob Weir as heavy-throws coach – and also cut a clutch of underachievers from the governing body's Lottery funding list – the Dutchman has set about repairing another notable point of weakness.
Saturday 04 October 2008
There was a time when Paula Radcliffe was the one with the catching up to do on Jo Pavey. Back in 1988 Radcliffe finished some 90 metres adrift when Pavey broke the British Under-15 record for 1500m in the English Schools Championship.
Friday 22 August 2008
Enough of the tawdry showbiz of triumph. Let's strike up an anthem to the subtler art of trying. The shower of British gold in Beijing has shown that the trumpeting of victory is a short story that burns out fast. By contrast, the anguish of Paula Radcliffe in the marathon had all the ingredients of a tragic novel in which the true opponent resides within. With uncannily good timing, the most intriguing book in half a century about the loneliness of the long-distance runner has just appeared in English.
Sunday 17 August 2008
Twenty-two years ago, in a soggy field in the Midlands, a skinny, blonde 12-year-old by the name of Paula Radcliffe came 299th in a cross-country race.
Saturday 16 August 2008
Wherever Paula Radcliffe finishes in tomorrow morning's Olympic marathon – always assuming she manages to do so given that only three months ago doctors were advising her she had no chance of competing because of a stress fracture to her left thigh – it will not, repeat not, define her career.
Friday 15 August 2008
Britain's Paula Radcliffe would have liked a few more weeks to prepare for the Beijing marathon after injuring her leg, but she said today that she was feeling "strong" and hungry for her first Olympic medal.
Tuesday 12 August 2008
Paula Radcliffe wishes she had more time to recover from the thigh injury she suffered in May but has decided to "give it a go" in Sunday's Beijing Olympics marathon.
Saturday 09 August 2008
At this rate, there might not be any Russian athletes left to run, jump or throw by the time the Olympic track and field programme gets under way in the Bird's Nest Stadium next Friday. Another two were added to a lengthening list of shame yesterday, making a total of 12 suspended for doping offences within the space of eight days.
Saturday 24 May 2008
Paula Radcliffe will have to prove her fitness to British selectors as she seeks to win a place in the marathon squad for the Olympics in Beijing.
Sunday 04 May 2008
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