Female marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe has remarked that doubts of her achievements are ‘horrible.’ Britain’s greatest marathon runner said she is proud of her marathon record of 2 hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds that she set on April 13, 2003 during the 2003 London Marathon in April but cannot take it when people say she couldn’t have run 2:15 clean.
Radcliffe broke her own marathon record of 2 hours, 17 minutes and 18 seconds that she set at the 2002 Chicago Marathon, the year in which she was named "Female Athlete of the Year" by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Paula, a three-time winner of the London Marathon (2002, 2003, 2005), three-time New York Marathon champion (2004, 2007, 2008), and winner of the 2002 Chicago Marathon, has also been European champion over 10,000 meters and in cross country. Paula Radcliffe has earned many accolades including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, AIMS World Athlete of the Year (thrice), BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Laureus World Comeback of the Year, and a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
In 2010, Paula was inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame and she has been a strong advocate of anti-doping and has campaigned extensively against the use of drugs in sport. Radcliffe and teammate Hayley Tullett caused controversy at the 2001 the World Athletics Championships in Edmonton when they held up a sign that read 'EPO Cheats Out 'to protest against the reinstatement of Russian athlete Olga Yegorova after she had tested positive for the banned substance Erythropoietin (EPO), a banned blood-boosting drug.
Paula recently expressed surprise with the revelations in the German documentary Top Secret: How Russia Makes Its Winners that Russia has been running an East German-style systematic doping regime from administrators and anti-doping officials to coaches and athletes. The German documentary alleged that 99 percent of Russian athletes are using banned performance enhancing drugs.
Radcliffe has been advocating for a system where first-time doping offenders are banned for four years and banned for life for any future offense. The elite marathon runner has asked for the results of her blood tests to be made public in the past saying she had absolutely no objection to her test being released.
The world record holder who last ran London Marathon nine years ago is all set to end glorious marathon career at London race in April 2015. London Marathon race director, Hugh Brasher, said we are absolutely thrilled that Paula has chosen London for her final marathon and we know the British crowds will be out in force to celebrate her extraordinary career.
Radcliffe also disclosed that she is considering taking on a formal anti-doping role. The 41-year-old said that would be something I would look at because you can’t just moan about something and added as an athlete you identify with what people are going through. She also remarked if you are going to have strong views about something you might as well get involved in actually doing something proactively to back it up.