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Marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe cleared of doping allegations

Paula Radcliffe, the women’s marathon world record holder, has been cleared of all doping allegations by the governing body for international athletics.

Radcliffe had been publicly accused of doping after several blood samples showed data fluctuations, an indication of suspicious test results.

“Any competent scientist would immediately conclude that they should be disregarded,” the statement read, in reference to test results being misrepresented. The full 38-page IAAF report can be found here.

“The IAAF is not complacent about doping in its sport,” the report said. “It will continue to use every tool at its disposal to fight doping and protect clean athletes.”

Radcliffe never won an Olympic medal but holds the women’s marathon world record of 2:15:25 and is a multiple-time New York City Marathon winner.


“The reason I spoke out was to protect myself and protect my name,” Radcliffe told BBC Sport. “It is a relief. It should never have come to this. It was important that I took a stand knowing that there were other innocent athletes out there.”

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Athletics Kenya also announced on Friday that it has suspended seven athletes for failing drug tests. Among the group of athletes is Emily Chebet, the 2010 and 2013 world cross-country champion.