LONDON, England (AFP) — British veteran Paula Radcliffe will be forced to pull out of the marathon at the London Games due to injury, probably spelling the end of her Olympic career, a newspaper reported late yesterday.
Radcliffe, 38, has been struggling for fitness since a foot injury flared up three weeks ago and is set to concede defeat in her bid to line up on August 5, according to a source close to the athlete cited in the Mail on Sunday.
"The time to make a decision has arrived and there's only one decision to make," said the source. "Paula is not fit to run at the moment. There will be an announcement in the next day or two."
Team GB head of communications, Darryl Seibel said he could not confirm the report.
"We have not received any confirmation from UK Athletics and they are still at their holding camp in Portugal," he told AFP.
UK Athletics were not available for comment.
Radcliffe has run some of the fastest marathons in history, but has suffered wretched luck with injuries and illness in her career.
At the 2004 Athens Olympics, she was forced to stop mid-race and dissolved into tears.
She was hampered by injury again four years ago in Beijing when she trailed home in the marathon in 23rd place after a stress fracture had disrupted her training.