PAULA Radcliffe has spelled out her desire to finally win an Olympic medal at her fifth Games in London next year and says this time she hopes luck smiles on her.
Radcliffe will become only the third British track and field athlete to be selected for five Olympics after her place in Team GB for London 2012 was confirmed. The 37-year-old, who has failed to win a medal at the last four Games, has been selected for the marathon along with Scott Overall and Mara Yamauchi to compete for Team GB.
Radcliffe, speaking from a training base in Kenya, said: “I’m very proud to have been selected. It’s something that has been a huge goal of mine since it was announced London was going to get the Games. Time has flown; it doesn’t seem long to me that I just missed out on qualifying for Barcelona in 1992.”
Radcliffe has endured agonies in the last two Olympic marathons, in Athens in 2004 when she was favourite but suffered an injury two weeks before the event and was similarly affected before Beijing four years later. She added: “I hope luck smiles on me and I can give it 100 percent. Obviously winning an Olympic medal is something I really want to do and something feel I am capable of.”