Wednesday 28 September 2016

Off the Ball: Radcliffe's selfish view on records wipe misses point

Ger Gilroy

Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30

Paula Radcliffe opposes the clearing of all records from the doping era. Photo: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images
Paula Radcliffe opposes the clearing of all records from the doping era. Photo: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

Unsurprisingly Paula Radcliffe is against the idea of wiping the world records from the doping era and starting again.

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Her record time for the marathon stands at an untouchable 2hr 15min 25sec and has lasted since 2003, despite the omnipotence of EPO and other miracle drugs since then.

Her reputation hinges on the IAAF clearing her recently saying there were plausible reasons for the three separate instances where her blood values looked suspicious.

The British media has largely rallied behind a clean Paula.

The head of UK Athletics, though, is the one driving the idea of wiping the records.

But it's unlikely much will happen to the records, and Radcliffe will be safe to continue to claim her world record set during the time of the greatest plague of doping in athletics.

Hopefully UK Athletics ignores complaints from record holders and brings change.

Radcliffe claims that some innocent records will disappear. It's a selfish response preventing progress. It doesn't have the good of the sport at heart. Wipe the records. Clean.

Irish Independent

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