As very much anticipated, great Paula Radcliffe is going to be the first British athlete to be nominated by UK Athletics to BOA towards selection for the Olympics in London next summer as Charles van Commennee has confirmed, save that the news arrived a few weeks in advance of the respective marathon panel’s first meeting on December 5.

Turning her 38 years next month, the world record holder over the ultimate distance has always looked  a certainty to be named on the team following a staggering return to form in Berlin last September where she clocked 2h23:46 for third, having been a vastly unknown quantity and deep in the darkness in the run-up.

But head coach van Commennee may have opted to brush aside any worries or anxiety playing on the athlete’s mind and help focus fully on her preparations, currently training along with a large British contingent at Iten in the famous Rift Valley in Kenya, for what should be her last chance to get her hands on that elusive gold in her career.

Incidentally, that is going to be the fifth time that Radcliffe will be competing in an Olympic Games, second only to former javelin Olympic champion Tessa Sanderson who has knitted together six appearances on the sport’s greatest stage.

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