London 2012 Olympics: Biggest Chapter Yet in Saga of UK Runner Paula Radcliffe

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London 2012 Olympics: Biggest Chapter Yet in Saga of UK Runner Paula Radcliffe
Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
Paula Radcliffe at the 2008 Olympic Marathon

The Olympics are a big deal for any athlete.

For Great Britain's Paula Radcliffe, the 2012 Olympic Marathon might just be the biggest event of her life.

The 38-year-old runner has won countless awards and prizes in her long, storied career. But in four tries dating back to 1996, she has yet to reach the podium at an Olympic Games.

Paula Radcliffe set the World Record for the Women's Marathon in London in 2003, with a time of 2:15:25. Nine years later, that record still stands. As she nears the twilight of her career, can she use the spirit of her homeland to push her to the Olympic medal that has eluded her thus far?

The Women's Marathon runs on Sunday, August 5 at 11 a.m. local time (6 a.m. EDT and 3 a.m. PDT).

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