23 Sep 2011

Radcliffe dismisses talk of extra pressure in London

11:56 am on 23 September 2011

World marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe has dismissed any suggestion that she'll be under extra pressure as the home favourite in next year's London Olympics after failing to perform up to expectations in the last two Games.

Radcliffe was forced to drop out of the 2004 Athens Olympic marathon through illness and injury.

Four years later she finished 23rd in the Beijing race after her preparations were hampered by injury and at the age of 37 she has yet to win an Olympic medal on either the track or the road.

Radcliffe is in Germany to run in Sunday's Berlin marathon, which is likely to be the Briton's last marathon before the London Games.

She told reporters that she views the 2012 Olympics as a special opportunity as she knows the streets and will have great support.

Radcliffe says she would probably feel pressure wherever she was because she hasn't yet performed as well as she's capable at an Olympics.

Radcliffe says she has no thoughts of retirement even if she won gold next year and raised the possibility that she could compete at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.