|Paula makes a stand
||Paula ran bravely at the World Championship 10,000m in Edmonton but was
out-kicked by three Ethiopians to place 4th in 31:50.06.
Paula will be remembered at Edmonton for the day that her anti-doping campaign
reached a cresendo when she held up a homemade banner in protest at
Yegorova's appearance in the 5,000 metres at the 2001 World Athletics Championships
in Edmonton. The Russian went on to win the title despite having failed an EPO
test the previous July in the Paris Grand Prix.
Radcliffe's protest caused a
lot of embarrassment for the IAAF, who invited the runner to their headquarters
in Monaco to discuss the issue with its drug advisory committee.
Radcliffe said: "I
don't regret for one moment what I did in Edmonton. I wasn't seeking personal
publicity. I was making a stand to root out EPO from athletics. I only wish more
athletes had joined the protest. They assured me, though, that they were
determined to take positive action as quickly as possible."