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Radcliffe relief after IAAF slams ‘shocking’ claims

Paula Radcliffe has spoken of her relief after the IAAF and the UK Anti-Doping agency (UKAD) found her innocent of blood doping.

The 41-year-old had categorically denied any form of cheating after claiming she was implicated by a parliamentary hearing.

The IAAF said the “shocking” allegations were “a gross misinterpretation of raw data”.

Radcliffe, who is married to former Ulster athlete Gary Lough, said: “It is a relief. It should never have come to this.

“The reason I spoke out was to protect myself and protect my name. It was important that I took a stand knowing that were other innocent athletes out there.”

The IAAF said it was “shocking” that the GB star — three-times London Marathon winner and the current marathon world record holder — should have been publicly accused, adding that there were innocent reasons for the values in her blood profile. Follow-up tests on urine and blood samples all proved negative.

The IAAF statement said: “Paula Radcliffe was hounded remorselessly in the media for several weeks until she felt she had no option but to go public in her own defence.

“The circumstances in which Ms Radcliffe came to be publicly accused are truly shocking.

“The data provides no basis whatsoever for the insinuations made against her.”

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