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No easy ride for Radcliffe


England's top long distance runner Paula Radcliffe has said she is not expecting an easy ride when she races at the Games.

Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe expects fierce competition

In an interview with the BBC Radcliffe said: "There is no way this year's race will be easy."

"The 5,000m has come a long way since 1998 and I'm under no illusions. A tough race is on the cards.Ē

"I think the reason for the poor turn-out four years ago was that the Games were staged so far away at the end of a very long and hard season."

"This time they are earlier, before the European Championships, and with Manchester the venue, I know all of the top Kenyans want to take part as most are based in Europe."

Radcliffe, who didnít participate in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, is hoping to win gold in Manchester and with a Commonwealth record of 14:32 this prospect is looking realistic.

After coming fourth in the 10,000m at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2000 World Championships, she is determined to leave with top prize.

"I've had the disappointment of missing out on a medal before," she added.

"But I'm determined to get one this time. It would be great winning on home soil."

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