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Radcliffe kicks against resetting of world records

Paula Radcliffe says UK Athletics’ proposals to reset world records would “punish innocent athletes”.

UKA made 14 suggestions, including longer bans for drug cheats, to usher in a “new era” of clean competition.

Radcliffe who set the women’s marathon world record in London in 2003 and is one of three British outdoor and indoor world record holders along with Colin Jackson and Jonathan Edwards, said: “I’ll never agree with the records being wiped because I know 100% that at least one of those records was achieved clean and that means more were too.”

“If sufficient evidence comes to light about doping at any point, then all of an athlete’s marks should retrospectively get wiped for their entire career,” she added.

Athletics has been hit by a number of doping and cover-up allegations, with Russia barred from international competition after a World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission report accused it of state-sponsored doping.

The second part of that report, expected to focus on allegations that world governing body the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was complicit in covering up systematic doping and extortion in Russian athletics, is due to be published on Thursday.

Responding to Radcliffe’s comments, UKA chairman Ed Warner said: “I am delighted she disagrees strongly, because we are trying to provoke debate and a cattle prod to the IAAF to find ways to create a better sport.”

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