For the second time, I find myself writing and fuming about Paula Radcliffe since, yet again, she has let us down. Her claims that she "was not ready" for the World Champioships in Berlin sound suspect and hollow when we remind ourselves that she won the New York Marathon last week.....couldn't have something to do with the fact that the winners in New York won a brand new Mercedes and several thousand dollars could it ? She was ready for that !
Actually, she won the New York half marathon the week before the World Championships. Bit of a difference running in that and a full marathon against athletes honed for the competition. If you "fume" about Paula, better avoid anything a bit more serious, you may pop something.
There's always room for a touch of the pedantics. Are you actually saying that it was a good idea for PR to run in a half-marathon yet not to run in a marathon ? You imply that PR was the only athlete "honed for the competition" of the half-marathon; that's dreadfully dismissive of the capabilities of the other competitors - TBH, if the other runners were not "honed" I wouldn't mind having a go, what with such a prize pot waiting. Trouble is, with PR its clearly Paula first, nation second
I'm just suggesting that PR would have found it easier to run 13 miles rather than 26 miles after her injury. Plus the truly World class athletes were running in the World Championships, not the New York Half Marathon. If she had any doubts about her fitness, then the easier New York half marathon was indeed the sensible option.