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Last Updated: Friday, 15 April, 2005, 07:56 GMT 08:56 UK
Radcliffe admits to family plans
Paula Radcliffe
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Paula Radcliffe has admitted for the first time she has put motherhood on hold to pursue her athletics career.

Radcliffe, 31, and husband Gary Lough believe it would be "selfish" to have children while she is still competing.

"I do badly want a family," she told Saturday's The Times Magazine. "But it would be selfish at the moment because we move around so much."

She added: "Both of us want, when we have kids, for them to be the centre, not my running."

Radcliffe admitted that the couple would have been trying for a baby sooner if she had won the Olympic marathon in Athens.

"We're coming round to it [the idea of having children]," said the marathon world record-holder.

"I don't want to think because of my running I left it too late."

But she also left the door open for an appearance at the Beijing Games in 2008.

"I could carry on after having children; physically it makes your body tougher," she said.




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