Radcliffe to run in New York marathon

Radcliffe to run in New York marathon

Paula Radcliffe has confirmed she will run in the ING New York City Marathon next month.

The world record holder won the race last year just 10 months after giving birth, and announced today she will defend her title on November 2.

She also won in New York in 2004 and will be targeting a third title, and looking to put her Olympic Games disappointment behind her after finishing 23rd in Beijing.

Radcliffe said: "I am really looking forward to returning to the ING New York City Marathon.

"New York has always been very special to me and every time I return it becomes more special."

Radcliffe, 34, is hoping to schedule in a warm-up race before attempting to claim a third victory in New York.

The run will be her first since Beijing, where a build-up ruined by a stress fracture of her left femur eventually took its toll as she finished well down the field.

After the race she claimed that she felt as though she was running on one leg, having at one point been forced to stop and stretch out a calf muscle, but Radcliffe insists she is now in the right shape to compete.

Asked whether she could win in New York, the Briton said: "Definitely, that's why I'm going there.

"To win New York three times would be a big achievement for me. I will certainly be aiming for that."

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