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Radcliffe hopes for Berlin return

Radcliffe ready to return

Paula Radcliffe has targeted August's World Championships in Berlin for her return from injury but says she will not take any unnecessary risks to race.

The 35-year-old marathon world record holder, who had surgery in March to remove a bunion on her right foot, hopes to resume full training in June.

Radcliffe said: "Hopefully I'll make the World Championships, but if I don't it will be an autumn marathon.

"I'm not going to go crazy to make it like I did for the Beijing Olympics."

Radcliffe revealed her troublesome bunion had been responsible for a succession of injuries dating back three years.

"I had that reassurance that it was not my body falling apart or me getting too old, but a structural problem with my foot," she told BBC Radio 5 Live.

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"Hopefully my injury risk will be way less now I have had this toe corrected because it was causing a lot of problems.

"I have been out of the (post-surgery) boot for two weeks and running on the gravity-assisted treadmill for a week, with a view to being able to start running outside next week.

"And I hope gradually to build up to normal training hopefully by the middle of June."

Radcliffe, who finished 23rd at the Beijing Olympics, missed the last World Championships in Osaka, Japan in 2007 as she had just given birth to her daughter.

However, she won the marathon at her previous appearance at the Championships, in Helsinki in 2005.



see also
Radcliffe bides time on comeback
13 Apr 09 |  Athletics
Radcliffe out of London Marathon
05 Mar 09 |  Athletics
Radcliffe romps to New York win
02 Nov 08 |  Athletics
Radcliffe clinging to 2012 dream
01 Nov 08 |  Athletics
Superb Radcliffe wins Great South
26 Oct 08 |  Athletics


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