View Full Version : So who thinks that Paula Radcliffe will finish?

16th Aug 2008, 22:23
Paula Radcliffe is about to start her run . . .

Will she finish?

Richard Taylor
17th Aug 2008, 07:40
I'll say she'll finish...ooooooh.........................23rd...:}

17th Aug 2008, 08:08
Don't get me started on this freeloader and the conduct of the British Olympic Committee.

Their treatment of 10,000 metres runner Kate Reed was totally unacceptable, making her prove her fitness by running 10,000 metres in a time trial the day before the actual race, or they would withdraw her.

Then you get "molly coddled" Ratcliffe, clearly there only for the trip and unfit yet again, treated as some prima donna.

17th Aug 2008, 08:09
Her ablutions before she starts running……………..

Beatriz Fontana
17th Aug 2008, 08:31
You know? I don't care. We've just won another medal in the sailing. Full marks for Radcliffe for taking part, but running whilst injured is not a brilliant idea, particularly if a fitter athlete has been left out in favour of the 'name'.

17th Aug 2008, 11:23

And the media seem to be overlooking the performance of UK's Mara Yamauchi who finished in a creditable 6th place.



El Grifo
17th Aug 2008, 11:33
Mara Yamauchi eh !

A name like that would pretty much accurately place her family origin just south of Elgin, the traditional stomping ground of the Clan Yamauchi .

History recalls the finer moments of the clan's history when Great Grandfather
Yamauchi apperaed in the log running WW2 epic "Tenko" :ok:

17th Aug 2008, 13:03
Her ablutions before she starts running……………..

My thoughts also. By the way did she stop enroute to squat???:ouch:

17th Aug 2008, 13:16
She took a pitstop . . .

17th Aug 2008, 14:19
Round these here parts (after the two occasions a few years ago when she gave up when there was obviously no chance of winning), the phrase "doing a Paula" is commonplace.

It means to bail out when the going gets tough so I'm told.

uffington sb
17th Aug 2008, 14:29
Richard Taylor
I agree with StaceyF. There's no way she'll come in 23rd. As soon as she realises she ain't going to get a medal, she'll give up.

Doing a Paula, spot on.

17th Aug 2008, 17:50
always seems to pull out of races when there is no prize money involved strange that eh?

17th Aug 2008, 17:59
Only my fellow Brits would rip to shreds one of our finest athletes. Or at least the worst of us.

17th Aug 2008, 19:14
Strelnikov - I agree with you.

Not many Brits have achieved as much over the past 10 or 11 years.

1997 World Cross Country Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Cross_Country_Championships) Turin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turin), Italy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy) 2nd
1997 European Cup (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Cup) Munich (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich), Germany (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany) 3rd 3000m
1997 World Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Championships) Athens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens), Greece (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greece) 4th 5000 m (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_World_Championships_in_Athletics_-_Women%27s_5000_metres)
1997 Grand Prix Final (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prix_Final) Fukuoka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukuoka), Japan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan) 3rd 5000 m
1998 World Cross Country Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Cross_Country_Championships) Marrakech (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marrakech), Morocco (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morocco) 2nd
1998 European Cup (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Cup) St. Petersburg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Petersburg), Russia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia) 1st 5000 m
1998 European Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Championships_in_Athletics) Budapest (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budapest), Hungary (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungary) 5th 10000 m
1999 World Cross Country Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Cross_Country_Championships) Belfast (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast), Northern Ireland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Ireland) 3rd
1999 European Cup (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Cup) Paris (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris), France (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France) 1st 5000 m
1999 World Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Championships) Seville (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seville), Spain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain) 2nd 10000 m
1999 Grand Prix Final (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prix_Final) Munich (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich), Germany (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany) 4th 3000 m
2000 World Cross Country Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Cross_Country_Championships) Vilamoura (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilamoura), Portugal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal) 4th
2000 World Cross Country Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Cross_Country_Championships) Vilamoura (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilamoura), Portugal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal) 5th
2000 Olympic Games (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Games) Sydney (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney), Australia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia) 4th 10000 m
2000 World Half Marathon Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=World_Half_Marathon_Championships&action=edit&redlink=1) Veracruz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veracruz), Mexico (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico) 1st
2001 World Cross Country Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Cross_Country_Championships) Ostend (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostend), Belgium (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium) 2nd
2001 World Cross Country Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Cross_Country_Championships) Ostend (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostend), Belgium (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium) 1st
2001 European Cup (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Cup) Bremen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bremen), Germany (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany) 2nd 5000 m
2001 World Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Championships) Edmonton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmonton), Canada (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada) 4th 10000 m
2001 Bristol Half Marathon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Half_Marathon) Bristol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol), England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England) 1st
2002 World Cross Country Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Cross_Country_Championships) Dublin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin), Republic of Ireland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Ireland) 1st
2002 London Marathon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Marathon) London (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London), England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England) 1st
2002 Commonwealth Games (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_Games) Manchester (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchester), England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England) 1st 5000 m
2002 European Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Championships_in_Athletics) Munich (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich), Germany (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany) 1st 10000 m
2002 Chicago Marathon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Marathon) Chicago (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago), USA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States) 1st
2003 London Marathon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Marathon) London (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London), England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England) 1st
2003 World Half Marathon Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=World_Half_Marathon_Championships&action=edit&redlink=1) Vilamoura (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilamoura), Portugal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal) 1st
2003 Great North Run (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_North_Run) Tyne and Wear (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyne_and_Wear), England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England) 1st Half Marathon
2004 European Cup (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Cup) Bydgoszcz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bydgoszcz), Poland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poland) 1st 5000 m
2004 New York City Marathon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_Marathon) New York (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York), USA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States) 1st
2005 London Marathon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Marathon) London (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London), England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England) 1st
2005 World Championships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Championships) Helsinki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helsinki), Finland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finland) 1st
2007 Great North Run (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_North_Run) Tyne and Wear (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyne_and_Wear), England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England) 2nd Half Marathon
2007 New York City Marathon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_Marathon) New York (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York), USA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States) 1st
2008 Olympic Games (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Games) Beijing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing), China (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China) 23rd Marathon

But I guess it's like everything else in this world ...... all you gotta do is shag one sheep!!!!!

C130 Techie
17th Aug 2008, 19:30
Strelnikov - I agree with you.


Paula Radcliffe is an outstanding athlete and a far better ambassador and role model than any of the obscenely highly paid premiership footballer by a million miles.

Her outstanding success in other first class arena more than makes up for her lack of olympic success.

Howard Hughes
18th Aug 2008, 08:28
Only my fellow Brits would rip to shreds one of our finest athletes. Or at least the worst of us.
No, we Aussies do the same to our Athletes...;)

18th Aug 2008, 09:41
What really made me laugh was how disapproving the commentators were about Dita's aggresive running tactics. For the whole race they never said much positive about her increasing lead, always criticising, when really she put in a sparkling performance by making mincemeat of the competition.

On another note; good on Paula for finishing. She clearly wasn't fit through no fault of her own (yes, a fracture, not just a pulled muscle!) yet managed to finish in 23rd.

Get a grip people, what was the alternative situation? Just to say "Ah don't feel like it, maybe in 4 years time"?

Of course that would make her an athlete with true determination and commitment :bored:


18th Aug 2008, 10:12

Paula Radcliffe is an outstanding athlete and a far better ambassador and role model than any of the obscenely highly paid premiership footballer by a million miles.

Does this mean we can all crap in the streets then?.

As to her great unrivalled succes, since 2000 she has won 6 major marathons.

Two in 2002, and only one in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

That is somewhat better than me, but winning one major event a year for a world class athlete is not a very good average, and yet she is STILL thinking she can do it in 2012. :ugh:

She will get her place there as she is Paula Radcliffe.

C130 Techie
18th Aug 2008, 10:34

If what we see in the meeja is to be believed that sort of thing is common in city centres across the country after an evening on the lash:eek:

18th Aug 2008, 10:34
The simple and universal truth is that you're only as good as your last race, job, fight or whatever.

Nick Riviera
18th Aug 2008, 12:48
I would never attack her record as she has achieved great things over her career, BUT.....

She was patently not fit to run. She knew it, everybody knew it. If it was anybody else they would not have been given a place on the team. I feel more sorry for the woman who was told to keep in shape in case Radcliffe didn't run, she was the one who should have had the honour of competing. This is a case of putting a 'superstar' ahead of the team. Mara Yamauchi came 6th, the best ever by a British woman, but hardly anything was said about that. In fact she was questioned about Radcliffe when they interviewed her, which was appalling but all we can expect from the celebrity obsessed BBC. The whole race was all about what was happening to 'Our Paula' which was basically insulting to the other competitios from Great Britain.

So, yes, Radcliffe has been, and may be again, a magnificent runner. But her selection for these Olympics was wrong and unfair on others.

Rant On:

And don't start me about this 'Team GB' bollox. Great Britain has apparently been reduced to a marketing man's soundbite.

Rant Off

18th Aug 2008, 13:14
Nick Riviera,
Thank you for your well thought out,sensible post.I agree with your sentiments re Paula Radcliffe,Yes she has performed well in the past and
I am sure most generous British sports fans will thank her for her past
efforts,BUT as you so rightly said she was clearly not sufficiently prepared for this Olympics and it is appalling that apparently she was chosen over a fitter athlete when there was obviously no real chance of her getting a medal..

18th Aug 2008, 13:33
Completly agree with last two posts and in discussion at work yesterday on this subject it was split about 80/20 Paula Radcliffe should have declared herself unfit and made way for one of the other girls.What really irked people big time was her statement" i should be alot fitter for 2012". YOU WHAT!!!!!! The girl should not even be thinking about competing in those olympics but should be encouraging the new prospects in the marathon before they get so discouraged by the "its all about paula" attitude that we end up with no runners in the marathon at all.She has her O.B.E.,a fantastic family and anew baby so i think its time to hang up her trainers and become a coach and hopefully find the next Paula Radcliffe!!:D:D