Jones: Paula Should Sit It Out

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), August 27, 2004 | Go to article overview

Jones: Paula Should Sit It Out


Byline: By ROB COLE Western Mail

Welsh running great Steve Jones says Paula Radcliffe would be making a mistake by running in the Olympic 10,000m tonight).

Pre-race favourite Radcliffe has entered the gruelling 25-lap event, despite her quest for marathon gold ending in tears three miles from the finish in Athens on Sunday.

Jones, the fastest marathon runner in the world in the early 1980s and winner of the London, Boston and New York events, told The Western Mail, 'If I was her coach or advising her, I would tell Paula to go home, take a holiday and look to start again.

'What's the point in ruining the chance of not performing to her best in the 10,000m,' said Jones, whose 2:07.13 finish in the 1985 Chicago Marathon is still the fastest time recorded by a British athlete.

'She's emptied the well a little bit, both mentally and physically, and she doesn't want another similar performance at these Olympics.

'Winning an Olympic title isn't the be-all and end-all of athletics. It can make someone's career but it doesn't necessarily define it. …

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