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Monday, 14 October, 2002, 06:14 GMT 07:14 UK
Radcliffe set to abandon marathons
Paula Radcliffe after smashing the world record
Radcliffe is ready for something new in 2003
Paula Radcliffe has revealed she may give up marathon running next season in a bid to focus on her track commitments.

The British athlete smashed the women's world record over the 26.2-mile course of the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

But after shaving 89 seconds of the world's best, she said was considering her options for next season.

"I don't know if I'll run a marathon next year," she said. "I'll be sitting down and considering my schedule after I've had a holiday."


I did think I could do it, but I don't like talking about breaking records
Paula Radcliffe

Radcliffe's run of two hours, 17 minutes and 18 seconds was too good for previous record holder Catherine Ndereba, who finished more than two minutes back.

But the 28-year-old Briton is still keen to continue her track ambitions.

She has already won Commonwealth 5,000m gold and the European 10,000m title this season, as well as the London Marathon.

As to where her Chicago success ranked, she added: "I've got the world record so it's got to rank at the top.

Remarkable achievement

"Ever since London I have been working towards this and my track races went 100% to plan.

"I did think I could do it, but I don't like talking about breaking records. I just like to go out and run my own race rather than shout about what I am going to do.

"I knew I was in good shape. But also you have nerves and you wonder whether you'll hold it together."

The Cheshire-born athlete's achievement was all the more remarkable considering it was only her second competitive marathon.

"I was nervous warming up, I'm still new to it, and I knew it was going to be a tough race," she continued.

"I held back in the first half and then in the second half I pushed on a little bit. I was running with some US guys a lot of the time and they were really helping me.

"I went through the first half feeling good, and everyone said the second half of the course was faster and so I kicked on again and felt good."

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