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Radcliffe out of London

Radcliffe out of London
By Reuters

03/04/2006 at 13:59Updated

World marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe has withdrawn from the London Marathon on April 23 due to a foot injury, organisers said on Monday.

It follows her withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne with the same problem. Radcliffe has won the London Marathon three times - in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

Radcliffe said in a media release on Monday: "I am really disappointed to have to miss this year's event.

"The Flora London Marathon is something that is extremely important to me and I have done everything possible to resolve the problem and get to the start line.

"I have to accept that the injury needs a short period of total rest and I also have to focus on moving on from this and on my future."

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