Her secret? Nothing. Paula Radcliffe has no secret except that she places no limitations on her ability or times. There are several women-Derartu Tulu, Bernhane Adere, Sun Yingje, Gab Szabo*, Leah Malot, and Gete Wami who could run with Paula in the 10000 meters* and marathon. The problem will lay in believing they can, because one most admit Paula
is redefining the limits of women's long distance racing. The above contingent will have their first real chance at Paula at London Marathon 2003 and then World Championships.
The field will have an easier time at trying to defeat her on the track, because in the marathon she can still go faster (do the other women THINK they can)?
Paula's real secret? NOTHING.
Her edge: NO LIMITATIONS, No fear!
Will it be enough to win London in WR? MOST LIKELY
Will it be enough to win Worlds 10000m? Doubtful