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Pregnancy joy for Radcliffe

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Paula Radcliffe has confirmed she will not defend her European Championships 10,000 metres title in Gothenburg next month in order to avoid taking risks with her pregnancy announced earlier today.


The Bedford athlete, speaking from Font Romeau revealed that she was putting her impending motherhood to the top of the priority list, which meant laying off the heavy training load and ultra competitive drive which has seen her reach so many heights over the last 15 years.


“I’m continuing to train, but not at maximum-maximum – probably only at about 80% of normal training,” she said.

'I'll continue training at the same level but I definitely will not be doing the European Championships. 


'I'll be over four months pregnant by then and do not want to take any risks – I won’t put myself in a competitive situation, where I might not be thinking about what’s best for me or what’s best for the baby.”

Radcliffe and husband, former British 1500m international runner Gary Lough will become parents next January, but she revealed she did not expect the development to change her determination to chase further titles.


The 32-year-old European record-holder for the distance, said she would make a major competitive comeback next year, with the World Championships amongst her targets.


However Radcliffe isn't certain she will defend her world marathon title in Osaka next August, where the Japanese climate will be unhelpful to contestants in the endurance event.


'I haven't decided I will definitely do the marathon - it could be the 10K,' said Radcliffe, but confirming championship track races will continue to be part of racing schedule beyond the new year.