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Monday, 15 April, 2002, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK
Radcliffe eyes Olympic marathon
Paula Radcliffe
Radcliffe finished well clear of the field in London
Paula Radcliffe could set her sights on Olympic marathon gold in 2004 following her record-breaking debut in the discipline.

The British athlete recorded the second fastest time ever over the distance in winning the London Marathon on Sunday.

She will be competing over 5,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in July and will then attempt to win the 10,000m at the European Championships in Munich.


I didn't know how close I was to the world record until the last 800 metres - I was stupid
Paula Radcliffe

But after her weekend success she could well be looking to step up to the longer distance in her search for Olympic glory.

"I always said that after the London Marathon we would sit down and think of which one for Athens," Radcliffe told BBC Breakfast.

But Radcliffe gave a hint that victory in London had swung her towards selecting that event for the 2004 Games.

"It maybe points it a bit towards the marathon," she added.

"We will have to decide which will be my best chance for a gold medal."

Despite her sensational victory over what was considered the strongest field ever assembled, Radcliffe said she was slightly disappointed not to have broken the world record.

Paula Radcliffe
Radcliffe could target Olympic marathon gold

The double world half-marathon winner finished in two hours, 18 minutes, 56 seconds.

That was just nine seconds outside the time Japan's Catherine Ndereba ran last October in Chicago to set a new world best.

"Really, my only aim here was to win the race, and with the clock on the lead car not working it didn't really enter my mind until too late," she said.

"I didn't know how close I was to the world record until the last 800 metres - I was stupid. I was wearing my watch and should have looked at it.

"But I've got no complaints. Maybe it will be better to try when I am more mentally prepared in the future."

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