Paula Radcliffe to be withdrawn for medical reasons

The British Olympic Association and UK Athletics announced this afternoon that marathon athlete Paula Radcliffe is being withdrawn fromn Team GB due to medical reasons

Radcliffe has been suffering with a foot problem and after a fitness test on Sunday it was concluded that she would not be able to race competitively to the best of her abilities.

The BOA and UK Athletics also intend to nominate a replacement athlete, and the BOA will work with the International Olympic Committee and International Association of Athletics Federations to secure approval under the Late Athlete Replacement policy.   Freya Murray is the reserve for the women’s marathon who will be nominated for the place.

The BOA will provide a formal statement confirming Murray’s addition to Team GB if it is approved under the Late Athlete Replacement policy.

Athletics Team Leader Charles van Commenee:

Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt:

Paula Radcliffe said: