Radcliffe plans to miss World Championships

By Simon Turnbull
Sunday 23 October 2011 01:08

Paula Radcliffe hits the comeback trail on the streets of London today but the marathon world record holder is unlikely to be back in a Great Britain vest at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August.

The Bupa London 10,000 road race will be the 37-year-old Bedfordshire woman's first race since she limped home fourth in the New York City Marathon in November 2009 – and since the birth of her second child, Raphael, in September last year.

She had mooted the prospect of contesting the 10,000m on the track at the World Championships as a stepping stone to an autumn marathon but has had a re-think after the bout of bronchitis that forced her to delay her return to action.

"The priority is the marathon, which will most likely be in September or October, and qualifying for the Olympics," Radcliffe said. "Travelling so far shortly before a marathon to race 10,000m on the track doesn't really fit in very well.

"I had a bad bronchitis attack which really flared up my asthma but it's back under control now.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to racing and building back up to being in top shape for a marathon in the autumn and especially for next year in London."

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