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Radcliffe wants London swansong

Paula Radcliffe would love to compete in one last London Marathon before calling time on her career.

The 40-year-old marathon world record holder has been dogged by a foot problem in recent years which forced her to pull out of the 2012 Olympics shortly before the Games.

Radcliffe last competed in a 26.2-mile race in 2011 but she is hoping to have a swansong in the event, with the 2015 London Marathon a possible goal.

The former world champion knows a fourth London title is unlikely but she is still determined to try and compete in the race one last time.

She said in several national newspapers: "I would love to come back and run a marathon or even a half-marathon and just be able to finish my racing career on my terms.

"Very few people get to do that. I'd just like the chance.

"I will never say 'retire' but if I run one more marathon, I'd love it to be New York or London. This year in London is too soon but I'd probably only ask my foot to do one more marathon.

"If I had to choose then, sentimentally, it would be in London. It's where I started my marathon career."

Radcliffe, who set her world-record mark of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds in the 2003 London Marathon, added about her goals: "I'm not being unrealistic. I'm not thinking I can get back and run 2:15 but, if I could come back and run a sub 2:30 then I'd like to do it."