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Radcliffe’s running still on hold

The world’s top marathoner, Paula Radcliffe is no certainty to compete in the Berlin Marathon in August as she recovers from foot injuries.

Radliffe, 35, had an operation to remove a bunion in March and is also recovering from a broken toe on the same foot.
She will wait for a professional assessment of the injury before deciding her competition schedule.

She plans to resume full-time training in the near future and is keen to regain the IAAF world marathon title she won two years ago.

But she will not run in Berlin in August unless she is 100% fit.

Last summer she battled a stress fracture in her right femur to finish 23rd in the Olympic marathon, but has no intention of taking that kind of risk again.

Gary Lough, her manager and husband, said: ‘Everything depends on how quickly things get back to normal, but everyone is happy with how things have gone.’

The mother-of-one is currently at home in Monaco but is expected to move to her high-altitude training base at Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees when given the all-clear to start light training.

Specialists believe the bunion is a potential cause of other injuries which have troubled her in recent years.