1 Nov 2008

Radcliffe eyes marathon revival

12:16 pm on 1 November 2008

The world record holder Paula Radcliffe says the Big Apple is the perfect stage for another racing revival when she defends her New York City marathon title this weekend.

Radcliffe, twice a winner of the race through the five boroughs of the city, is coming off a 23rd-place finish at the Beijing Olympics, where injuries hampered her preparation.

The 34-year-old has already registered two stirring marathon comebacks on the streets of New York.

In 2004, she won after health problems forced her to drop out of the Olympic marathon in Athens.

Last year, Radcliffe claimed her second New York crown less than 10 months after the birth of her daughter.

Radcliffe says she considers herself fresh having recovered quickly from the Beijing run in August.