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Paula Radcliffe wins the London Marathon
Paula is a big fan of the London Marathon

Paula Radcliffe's coach Alex Stanton speaks to the Academy

Paula has had an unbelievable couple of years and I'm so proud of her.

But it has taken a long time and she's earned every bit of success she's enjoying now.

I started coaching Paula when she was 12. But it was my wife Rosemary who first spotted her talent.

I was already working with three very good girls and I needed a fourth.

Paula enjoys a run in the woods
Paula worked hard from an early age

Rosemary saw something special. I'm not very good at picking out these sort of things!

She saw a gleam in Paula's eyes! And she came across as being someone who just loved running, both track and cross country.

Paula was asked to do an extra night's training and it started from there really.

But I don't think she was winning everything from the word go! Far from it.

She was just one of the girls in the team. She wasn't even the best in the group. Her progress was slow but it would come!


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Star is born
The dream begins
Budding stars!
Getting focused
More fireworks!

Radcliffe's 2002 victories
March: World Cross Country title again
April: London Marathon on her debut at the distance
July: 5000m gold at the Commonwealth Games
August: 10,000m gold at the European Championships
October: Smashes world marathon record in the Chicago Marathon



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