Radcliffe 'happy' with 2012 bronze

10 April 2012 / 01:02

Paula Radcliffe has admitted that she would be "really, really happy" with a bronze medal at the London Olympics.

"If you'd asked me the same question back in 2004, I'd have said, 'No way, only gold will do', but if I come away with a bronze this time, I'll be really, really, happy," the marathon hopeful told Zest magazine.

Radcliffe, 38, added: "Obviously there's one medal I want more, but at the end of the day it's still an Olympic medal and that's what I don't have."

The runner told the magazine: "I'm the first to admit this isn't my best chance, but I still have a chance, and when you have a chance - whatever your goal - you just have to give it 100% and see what happens.

"It's going to be so special - the atmosphere, the support - it makes me want to put everything into my training to be the best that I can on the day."

The current women's world record holder also concedes that this may be her last chance for Olympic glory.

"Probably [it will be], though I'll never say never," the mother-of-two said.

"My body has done a lot of running and I don't want it to reach breaking point. I want to be 60 and still be able to go for a run with Gary (her husband Gary Lough) because I get a lot of pleasure from it. I'm not ready to hang up my shoes just yet. Then again, I'm not sure I ever will be."