Surgery for Radcliffe

38-year-old plans to continue running

Last Updated: 09/08/12 1:08pm

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Paula Radcliffe: Planning to continue running after surgery

Paula Radcliffe: Planning to continue running after surgery

Paula Radcliffe is hoping to undergo surgery at the end of August on the foot joint which forced her to withdraw from the Olympic marathon.

Radcliffe revealed she had "cried more tears than ever" after admitting defeat in her battle against osteoarthritis in her left foot, a degenerative problem which cruelly resurfaced just a few weeks ago.

The 38-year-old had been hoping to claim a first Olympic medal in her fifth Games, having finished fifth in the 5,000m in Atlanta, fourth in the 10,000m in Sydney and suffering despair in the marathon in 2004 and 2008.

Although her Olympic career is now over, Radcliffe insisted she will carry on running, saying: "The joint's pretty degenerated and it's not going to recover until I get surgery on it. But I am getting surgery on it and then I will be able to run on it again.

Bone graft

"It's going to be a long process, but it will work out. I'm not sure when I'm having the operation, hopefully the end of this month. I need to get a bone graft and a cartilage repair done on it."

Radcliffe, who is the world record holder for the marathon and was world champion over the distance in Helsinki in 2005, said she has been watching some of the Olympics in the stadium, where good friend Mo Farah won 10,000m gold last weekend.

She added: "I've seen Mo Farah come through for many years and have supported him through that, and to see him doing so well, I'm really, really proud of him.

"I'm proud of how Britain's doing and how great the Olympics is. It's the best Olympic Games I've been to, even with my disappointment.

"I'm glad I've had the courage to be here, but I'm not over my disappointment at not competing yet."

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